Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the 40th anniversary of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Israel: ‘The first step towards the peace treaty was a clear recognition of Israel.’
Netanyahu Photo credit: Haim Zach/ GPO/ Channel 2 News
Today (Tuesday) marked the 40th anniversary since former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to the Knesset. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the occasion and discussed the possibility of negotiations with the Palestinians.
“I haven’t yet come across a ‘Palestinian Sadat’”, Netanyahu stated. “Someone who will declare his will to end the conflict, recognize the State of Israel and support our right to live in peace and security…The first step towards the peace treaty that was formulated at Camp David was a clear recognition of Israel. That is what Sadat did- unlike our Palestinian neighbors, who to this day refuse to recognize our nation state.”
Edelstein Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News
“I just met with the Egyptian Ambassador to Israel and his staff,” Netanyahu added. “He forwarded the greetings of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and I congratulated him. The peace between Israel and Egypt is strong and strategically beneficial for both countries.”
“I call on the leaders of our neighbors today,” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein added. “Follow Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin’s path. We offer peace to all of our neighbors.”