Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of speeches given by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin.
# 144764 | 1,376 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 04, 2010 in History (Middle Eastern) , International Relations (Non-U.S.)

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Chosen as a "Paper of the Week":

Paper of the week

November 20, 1977 marks a historic occassion in the history of the Middle East because on that day, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader ever to address the Israeli Knesset.  In recognition of that very important date in history, paper #144764, "Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin", was chosen for this week's Paper of the Week on AcaDemon.  This paper examines the speech that Sadat delivered and presents the writer's understanding of what Sadat intended to achieve with the speech, how successful the speech was, and what it ultimately meant towards peace in the Middle East.  The paper is a well-written attempt to shed some light on the speech that earned President Anwar Sadat a Nobel Peace Prize.


The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of Middle East history. Specifically it considers Anwar Sadat's address to the Israeli Knesset on November 20, 1977 and Menachem Begin's reply. This paper cites this historic occasion as an attempt for the Egyptian Arabs and Israeli Jews to bury their differences and bring peace to the Middle East. The paper asserts that these speeches show there was a willingness to work together for harmony, however, the peace overtures did not work. The paper concludes that while the two countries did come to an agreement on peaceful terms, this did not spread to the entire region, which seems to have been the ultimate goal Sadat had at the time.

From the Paper:

"In these historic speeches, Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, first addressed the Israeli Knesset in November 1977, in an attempt to bring the two nations together, and in turn bring peace to the entire Middle East. Sadat said to the assembly, "Ladies and gentlemen, there are moments in the lives of nations and peoples when it is incumbent upon those known for their wisdom and clarity of vision to survey the problem, with all its complexities and vain memories, in a bold drive towards new horizons" (Sadat). It seems he truly did want to bring the two sides together, to bury old differences, and to bring peace to the region, and his speech is a stirring call to all the parties to bury the hatchet and just get along with each other."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Begin, M. (1977). Address of Prime Minister Menahem Begin to the Knesset. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2008 from the Web site:
  • Editors. (2003). The main events and issues during the Ninth Knesset. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2008 from the Web site:
  • Editors. (1978). The Nobel Peace Prize. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2008 from the University of Ottawa Web site:
  • Sadat, A. (1977). President Anwar Sadat's address to the Israeli Knesset. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2008 from the Camp David Accords Web site:

Cite this Analytical Essay:

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