This Week in EUCOM History: December 10-17, 1978
Peace Prize awarded for Israel-Egypt Peace accords.

December 10, 1978 -- Peace Prize awarded for Israel-Egypt accords

Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin and President of Egypt Anwar Sadat are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Quote from the Peace Prize Presentation Speech:

“...to Anwar al-Sadat, President of Egypt, and Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel, for their contribution to the two frame agreements on peace in the Middle East, and on peace between Egypt and Israel, which were signed at Camp David on September 17, 1978."

The award of the Prize to the President of Egypt, Anwar al-Sadat, and the Prime Minister of Israel, Menachem Begin, is moreover historical in the wider sense, in that we only know of one previous peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. This, as Israeli scholars have revealed, took place some 3,000 years ago; it was the peace concluded between King David's son, wise King Solomon, and the Egyptian Pharaoh.” 

General Alexander Haig, EUCOM Commander was in attendance at this ceremony. EUCOM assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War. 

Source: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1978/press.html

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