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National Press Club Luncheon Speakers

Menachem Begin, March 23, 1978

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Menachem Begin, March 23, 1978. Photo by Brian Alpert-Keystone. National Press Club Archives

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (1913-1992) came to Washington in March 1978 for his third set of talks with President Jimmy Carter since Begin’s election in May 1977, negotiations that eventually led to the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the first such agreement between Israel and an Arab state. Before leaving town, Begin gave a luncheon speech at the National Press Club that was identified by the Washington Post as Begin’s “major address during his current trip” and perceived by the press as an opportunity for Begin to take his case to the American public.... More [PDF; 236 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introductions: 00:00-07:39
Speech: 07:40-29:37
Q & A: 29:38-01:00:55

Topics of the Talk

  • Israeli Proposal for the Administrative Autonomy of Palestinian Arabs: 09:01-14:21
  • Sinai United Nations Zone Proposal: 14:39-24:04; 52:37-53:59
  • Meetings with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat: 25:38-27:17; 56:10-57:32
  • Israel’s and Begin’s Desire for Peace: 27:18-29:37
  • U.S. Guarantees to Israeli Security: 30:08-31:48
  • Israeli Security: 32:57-37:00
  • Palestine Liberation Organization: 39:50-40:52; 47:51-49:50
  • Israel’s Interpretation of United Nations Resolution 242: 40:43-43:18
  • Begin’s Meetings with President Jimmy Carter: 43:19-45:48; 52:04-52:36
  • Involvement of U.S. in Peace Negotiations between Israel and Arabs: 45:49-46:30
  • Israeli Settlements on the West Bank: 46:31-47:50
  • Israel’s Recent Action in Lebanon: 47:51-49:50
  • Israel’s Military Actions to Prevent Future Terrorist Attacks: 49:51-52:03
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