Egypt & Israel: a Lasting Peace?

In 1979, after decades of enmity and five wars, Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty that still holds, albeit coldly, today.

Incredibly, it was two of the region’s most radical extremists, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, that will go down in history as the men that brought peace to the two countries.

More unlikely peacemakers are hard to imagine. Begin was once viewed by many, including David Ben-Gurion, as a terrorist (we’ll get to that another time) while Sadat not only admired Hitler, but also urged terrorism as a tactic for overthrowing the British (sound familiar?)

So how did these two unlikely leaders end up signing a peace deal – one that would end in Sadat’s assassination just a few short years later – and how did this decision alter regional politics from an Arab-Israeli conflict to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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