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Camp David: a first step

``One of those rare, bright moments of history,'' is how President Carter characterized the day eight years ago, when Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin agreed on a framework for peace. The Camp David accords called for discussion on: Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula and a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

A framework for settling the future of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, with a five-year transition period of Palestinian self-rule while the areas' final status was determined.

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Even before treaty negotiations began, Mr. Begin came under fire in Israel for his willingess to concede territory. Arab criticism forced Sadat to insist on linking a peace treaty to the future of the West Bank and Gaza and on a timetable for Palestinian self-rule.

The final Camp David treaty of March 26, 1979:

Provided for normalizing Egypt-Israel relations.

Detailed negotiations on trade, culture, etc.

Specified a three-year Israeli pullout from Sinai.

Called for Egyptian-Israeli negotiations, under US supervision, on Palestinian self-rule.

Soon after, all but two Arab states ostracized Egypt. Egyptian-Israeli diplomatic ties were established, and Israel completed its withdrawal from Sinai in April 1982. But the Palestinian autonomy talks have stayed at an impasse.

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