Twenty-five years ago in the isolation and solitude of the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, three world leaders came together seeking a way out of the years of distrust, manipulation, war, and political posturing in the Middle East. At the invitation of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt came to the secluded presidential retreat, Camp David, hoping to find avenues to peace in their troubled part of the world. Each leader took enormous risks to be there, but the successful outcome of their meetings brought immediate worldwide attention to each one's courage and resolve.
-"Thirteen Days After Twenty-Five Years"
In the midst of a bitter Arab-Israeli conflict, Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat boldly reached out during the Camp David Accords to establish a framework for peace, marking a turning point in the Middle East. While long-term peace remains elusive, the Accords set an important precedent for future diplomacy in the region and will be the model for future comprehensive solutions for Middle Eastern peace.