Brandon (ex_marlonbra690) wrote in usforeignpolicy,

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Begin and Settlements

So I recently purchased the dvd "50 Years War - Israel and the Arabs" from PBS Online. It's probably the most comprehensive survey of Israeli history that I've found on DVD so far. Most interesting was the portion discussing the Camp David Accords and Jimmy Carter's attempts to convince Israeli leader Menachem Begin to dismantle settlements in the occupied Sinai. Begin was absolutely unwilling to negotiate even an inch on the subject. I couldn't believe the hard line that he took - If he wasn't going to compromise on Sinai settlements, there was no way he'd allow for a Palestinian state in the West Bank (1 of Egypt's main demands)...Eventually the Knesset decided to dismantle the settlements, no thanks to Begin. And who did Begin call for advice on the issue? None other than Ariel Sharon. Quite the interesting bit of history..
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