Sadat/Meir: A great promisePosted: 2011/04/30
Text: Solveig Hansen
Video flashback to 1977. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat made his historic trip to Israel. At Knesset, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir congratulated Sadat for having won the privilege of being the first Arab leader to come to Israel for the sake of the next generations to avoid war.
In her address, she said: “When asked, many years ago, when I thought that peace would come to this region to our country and to our neighbouring countries – I said: I do not know the date, but I do know under what conditions it will come – when there will be a leader, a great leader of an Arab country. He will wake up one morning and feel sorry for his own people, for his own sons who have fallen in battle, and that day will be the beginning of peace between us.”
See the archive video from the event.
Read the transcript from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Read Ada Aharoni’s poems This Cursed War and Remember Me Every Time the Moon Rises Over the Sphinx, inspired by diaries found on fallen Israeli and Egyptian soldiers during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.