Chosen as a "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.
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 Knesset.gov Web site: http://www.knesset.gov.il/process/docs/beginspeech_eng.htm.
- Editors. (2003). The main events and issues during the Ninth Knesset. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2008 from the Knesset.gov Web site: http://www.knesset.gov.il/history/eng/eng_hist9.htm.
- Editors. (1978). The Nobel Peace Prize. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2008 from the University of Ottawa Web site: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~nstaman/alternatives/Nobels/TheNobelPeacePrize1978.doc.
- Sadat, A. (1977). President Anwar Sadat's address to the Israeli Knesset. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2008 from the Camp David Accords Web site: http://www.ibiblio.org/sullivan/docs/Knesset-speech.html.