The Camp David Accords turn 30

Today, Sept. 17, is the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin met with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David, Maryland, for 13 tense days — from Sept. 5 to Sept. 17, 1978 — to hammer out the agreements that led to the March ...

592568_080917_carter8.jpg
592568_080917_carter8.jpg

Today, Sept. 17, is the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin met with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David, Maryland, for 13 tense days -- from Sept. 5 to Sept. 17, 1978 -- to hammer out the agreements that led to the March 26, 1979, peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Under the terms of the treaty, Israel agreed to withdraw from Sinai, Egypt agreed to allow Israeli ships to traverse the Suez Canal, and the two agreed to establish normal diplomatic relations.

Carter and Sadat on Sept. 6, 1978
Carter and Begin on Mar. 26, 1979

Of course, those days weren't the last time Carter met with the leaders of Egypt and Israel. Here are a couple recent shots of the former president, still at it:

Today, Sept. 17, is the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin met with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David, Maryland, for 13 tense days — from Sept. 5 to Sept. 17, 1978 — to hammer out the agreements that led to the March 26, 1979, peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Under the terms of the treaty, Israel agreed to withdraw from Sinai, Egypt agreed to allow Israeli ships to traverse the Suez Canal, and the two agreed to establish normal diplomatic relations.

Carter and Sadat on Sept. 6, 1978 Carter and Begin on Mar. 26, 1979

Of course, those days weren’t the last time Carter met with the leaders of Egypt and Israel. Here are a couple recent shots of the former president, still at it:

With Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Apr. 17, 2008 With then-interim Israeli PM Ehud Olmert on Jan. 22, 2006
Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

More from Foreign Policy

A worker cuts the nose off the last Ukraine's Tupolev-22M3, the Soviet-made strategic aircraft able to carry nuclear weapons at a military base in Poltava, Ukraine on Jan. 27, 2006. A total of 60 aircraft were destroyed  according to the USA-Ukrainian disarmament agreement.
A worker cuts the nose off the last Ukraine's Tupolev-22M3, the Soviet-made strategic aircraft able to carry nuclear weapons at a military base in Poltava, Ukraine on Jan. 27, 2006. A total of 60 aircraft were destroyed according to the USA-Ukrainian disarmament agreement.

Why Do People Hate Realism So Much?

The school of thought doesn’t explain everything—but its proponents foresaw the potential for conflict over Ukraine long before it erupted.

Employees watch a cargo ship at a port in China, which is experiencing an economic downturn.
Employees watch a cargo ship at a port in China, which is experiencing an economic downturn.

China’s Crisis of Confidence

What if, instead of being a competitor, China can no longer afford to compete at all?

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies in the U.S. Senate in Washington on Sept. 24, 2020.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies in the U.S. Senate in Washington on Sept. 24, 2020.

Why This Global Economic Crisis Is Different

This is the first time since World War II that there may be no cooperative way out.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang applaud at the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang applaud at the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11.

China Is Hardening Itself for Economic War

Beijing is trying to close economic vulnerabilities out of fear of U.S. containment.