Framework for Peace in the Middle East (Camp David Accords)
(September 17, 1978)
After twelve days of secret negotiations, the Israel-Egypt
at Camp David helped to finalize two major agreements.
The first dealt with the future of the Sinai and served as a treaty of peace
between Israel and Egypt; it would be
concluded within three months and signed at the White House.
The second was a framework agreement establishing
a negotiating format for the establishment of an autonomy regime
in the West Bank
. This framework agreement regarding the future of Judea,
Samaria and Gaza was not explicitly clear and was later interpreted differently by Israel, Egypt
and the U.S.
THE CAMP DAVID ACCORDS:
The Framework for Peace in the Middle East
Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Menachem Begin, Prime
Minister of Israel, met with Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America, at Camp David from
September 5 to September 17, 1978, and have agreed on the following framework for peace in the Middle
East. They invite other parties to the Arab-Israel conflict to adhere to it.
The search for peace in the Middle East must be guided by the following:
- The agreed basis for a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Israel and its neighbors is United
Nations Security Council Resolution 242, in all its parts.
- After four wars during 30 years, despite intensive human efforts, the Middle East, which is the cradle
of civilization and the birthplace of three great religions, does not enjoy the blessings of peace. The
people of the Middle East yearn for peace so that the vast human and natural resources of the region
can be turned to the pursuits of peace and so that this area can become a model for coexistence and
cooperation among nations.
- The historic initiative of President Sadat in visiting Jerusalem and the reception accorded to him by
the parliament, government and people of Israel, and the reciprocal visit of Prime Minister Begin to
Ismailia, the peace proposals made by both leaders, as well as the warm reception of these missions by
the peoples of both countries, have created an unprecedented opportunity for peace which must not be
lost if this generation and future generations are to be spared the tragedies of war.
- The provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and the other accepted norms of international law
and legitimacy now provide accepted standards for the conduct of relations among all states.
- To achieve a relationship of peace, in the spirit of Article 2 of the United Nations Charter, future
negotiations between Israel and any neighbor prepared to negotiate peace and security with it are
necessary for the purpose of carrying out all the provisions and principles of Resolutions 242 and 338.
- Peace requires respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state
in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or
acts of force. Progress toward that goal can accelerate movement toward a new era of reconciliation in
the Middle East marked by cooperation in promoting economic development, in maintaining stability
and in assuring security.
- Security is enhanced by a relationship of peace and by cooperation between nations which enjoy
normal relations. In addition, under the terms of peace treaties, the parties can, on the basis of
reciprocity, agree to special security arrangements such as demilitarized zones, limited armaments
areas, early warning stations, the presence of international forces, liaison, agreed measures for
monitoring and other arrangements that they agree are useful.
Taking these factors into account, the parties are determined to reach a just, comprehensive, and durable
settlement of the Middle East conflict through the conclusion of peace treaties based on Security Council
resolutions 242 and 338 in all their parts. Their purpose is to achieve peace and good neighborly relations.
They recognize that for peace to endure, it must involve all those who have been most deeply affected by
the conflict. They therefore agree that this framework, as appropriate, is intended by them to constitute a
basis for peace not only between Egypt and Israel, but also between Israel and each of its other neighbors
which is prepared to negotiate peace with Israel on this basis. With that objective in mind, they have
agreed to proceed as follows:
- West Bank and Gaza
- Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the representatives of the Palestinian people should participate in
negotiations on the resolution of the Palestinian problem in all its aspects. To achieve that objective,
negotiations relating to the West Bank and Gaza should proceed in three stages:
- Egypt and Israel agree that, in order to ensure a peaceful and orderly transfer of authority, and
taking into account the security concerns of all the parties, there should be transitional arrangements
for the West Bank and Gaza for a period not exceeding five years. In order to provide full autonomy to
the inhabitants, under these arrangements the Israeli military government and its civilian
administration will be withdrawn as soon as a self-governing authority has been freely elected by the
inhabitants of these areas to replace the existing military government. To negotiate the details of a
transitional arrangement, Jordan will be invited to join the negotiations on the basis of this framework.
These new arrangements should give due consideration both to the principle of self-government by the
inhabitants of these territories and to the legitimate security concerns of the parties involved.
- Egypt, Israel, and Jordan will agree on the modalities for establishing elected self-governing
authority in the West Bank and Gaza. The delegations of Egypt and Jordan may include Palestinians
from the West Bank and Gaza or other Palestinians as mutually agreed. The parties will negotiate an
agreement which will define the powers and responsibilities of the self-governing authority to be
exercised in the West Bank and Gaza. A withdrawal of Israeli armed forces will take place and there
will be a redeployment of the remaining Israeli forces into specified security locations. The agreement
will also include arrangements for assuring internal and external security and public order. A strong
local police force will be established, which may include Jordanian citizens. In addition, Israeli and
Jordanian forces will participate in joint patrols and in the manning of control posts to assure the
security of the borders.
- When the self-governing authority (administrative council) in the West Bank and Gaza is
established and inaugurated, the transitional period of five years will begin. As soon as possible, but
not later than the third year after the beginning of the transitional period, negotiations will take place
to determine the final status of the West Bank and Gaza and its relationship with its neighbors and to
conclude a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan by the end of the transitional period. These
negotiations will be conducted among Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the elected representatives of the
inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza. Two separate but related committees will be convened, one
committee, consisting of representatives of the four parties which will negotiate and agree on the final
status of the West Bank and Gaza, and its relationship with its neighbors, and the second committee,
consisting of representatives of Israel and representatives of Jordan to be joined by the elected
representatives of the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza, to negotiate the peace treaty between
Israel and Jordan, taking into account the agreement reached in the final status of the West Bank and
Gaza. The negotiations shall be based on all the provisions and principles of UN Security Council
Resolution 242. The negotiations will resolve, among other matters, the location of the boundaries and
the nature of the security arrangements. The solution from the negotiations must also recognize the
legitimate right of the Palestinian peoples and their just requirements. In this way, the Palestinians
will participate in the determination of their own future through:
- The negotiations among Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the representatives of the inhabitants
of the West Bank and Gaza to agree on the final status of the West Bank and Gaza and other
outstanding issues by the end of the transitional period.
- Submitting their agreements to a vote by the elected representatives of the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza.
- Providing for the elected representatives of the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza to decide how they shall
govern themselves consistent with the provisions of their agreement.
- Participating as stated above in the work of the committee negotiating the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.
- All necessary measures will be taken and provisions made to assure the security of Israel and its
neighbors during the transitional period and beyond. To assist in providing such security, a strong local
police force will be constituted by the self-governing authority. It will be composed of inhabitants of the
West Bank and Gaza. The police will maintain liaison on internal security matters with the designated
Israeli, Jordanian, and Egyptian officers.
- During the transitional period, representatives of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and the self-governing
authority will constitute a continuing committee to decide by agreement on the modalities of admission of
persons displaced from the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, together with necessary measures to prevent
disruption and disorder. Other matters of common concern may also be dealt with by this committee.
- Egypt and Israel will work with each other and with other interested parties to establish agreed
procedures for a prompt, just and permanent implementation of the resolution of the refugee problem.
- Egypt-Israel undertake not to resort to the threat or the use of force to settle disputes. Any
disputes shall be settled by peaceful means in accordance with the provisions of Article 33 of the U.N.
- In order to achieve peace between them, the parties agree to negotiate in good faith with a goal of
concluding within three months from the signing of the Framework a peace treaty between them while
inviting the other parties to the conflict to proceed simultaneously to negotiate and conclude similar peace
treaties with a view the achieving a comprehensive peace in the area. The Framework for the Conclusion
of a Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel will govern the peace negotiations between them. The parties
will agree on the modalities and the timetable for the implementation of their obligations under the
- Associated Principles
- Egypt and Israel state that the principles and provisions described below should apply to peace
treaties between Israel and each of its neighbors - Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
- Signatories shall establish among themselves relationships normal to states at peace with one another.
To this end, they should undertake to abide by all the provisions of the U.N. Charter. Steps to be taken in
this respect include:
- full recognition;
- abolishing economic boycotts;
- guaranteeing that under their jurisdiction the citizens of the other parties shall enjoy the protection
of the due process of law.
- Signatories should explore possibilities for economic development in the context of final peace treaties,
with the objective of contributing to the atmosphere of peace, cooperation and friendship which is their
- Claims commissions may be established for the mutual settlement of all financial claims.
- The United States shall be invited to participated in the talks on matters related to the modalities of the
implementation of the agreements and working out the timetable for the carrying out of the obligations of
- The United Nations Security Council shall be requested to endorse the peace treaties and ensure that
their provisions shall not be violated. The permanent members of the Security Council shall be requested
to underwrite the peace treaties and ensure respect or the provisions. They shall be requested to conform
their policies an actions with the undertaking contained in this Framework.
For the Government of Israel:
For the Government of
the Arab Republic of Egypt
Muhammed Anwar al-Sadat
President of the United States of America
Framework for the Conclusion of a Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel
In order to achieve peace between them, Israel and Egypt agree to negotiate in good faith with a goal of
concluding within three months of the signing of this framework a peace treaty between them:
It is agreed that:
- The site of the negotiations will be under a United Nations flag at a location or locations to be
- All of the principles of U.N. Resolution 242 will apply in this resolution of the dispute between Israel and
- Unless otherwise mutually agreed, terms of the peace treaty will be implemented between two and three
years after the peace treaty is signed.
The following matters are agreed between the parties:
- the full exercise of Egyptian sovereignty up to the internationally recognized border between Egypt
and mandated Palestine;
- the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the Sinai;
- the use of airfields left by the Israelis near al-Arish, Rafah, Ras en-Naqb, and Sharm el-Sheikh for
civilian purposes only, including possible commercial use only by all nations;
- the right of free passage by ships of Israel through the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal on the basis of
the Constantinople Convention of 1888 applying to all nations; the Strait of Tiran and Gulf of Aqaba
are international waterways to be open to all nations for unimpeded and nonsuspendable freedom of
navigation and overflight;
- the construction of a highway between the Sinai and Jordan near Eilat with guaranteed free and
peaceful passage by Egypt and Jordan; and
- the stationing of military forces listed below.
Stationing of Forces
No more than one division (mechanized or infantry) of Egyptian armed forces will be stationed
within an area lying approximately 50 km. (30 miles) east of the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal.
Only United Nations forces and civil police equipped with light weapons to perform normal police
functions will be stationed within an area lying west of the international border and the Gulf of Aqaba,
varying in width from 20 km. (12 miles) to 40 km. (24 miles).
In the area within 3 km. (1.8 miles) east of the international border there will be Israeli limited military
forces not to exceed four infantry battalions and United Nations observers.
Border patrol units not to exceed three battalions will supplement the civil police in maintaining order in
the area not included above.
The exact demarcation of the above areas will be as decided during the peace negotiations.
Early warning stations may exist to insure compliance with the terms of the agreement.
United Nations forces will be stationed:
- in part of the area in the Sinai lying within about 20 km. of the Mediterranean Sea and adjacent to the
international border, and
- in the Sharm el-Sheikh area to insure freedom of passage through the Strait of Tiran; and these forces
will not be removed unless such removal is approved by the Security Council of the United Nations
with a unanimous vote of the five permanent members.
After a peace treaty is signed, and after the interim withdrawal is complete, normal relations will be
established between Egypt and Israel, including full recognition, including diplomatic, economic and
cultural relations; termination of economic boycotts and barriers to the free movement of goods and
people; and mutual protection of citizens by the due process of law.
Between three months and nine months after the signing of the peace treaty, all Israeli forces will
withdraw east of a line extending from a point east of El-Arish to Ras Muhammad, the exact location of
this line to be determined by mutual agreement.
For the Government of
the Arab Republic of Egypt:
Muhammed Anwar al-Sadat
For the Government of Israel:
President of the United States of America
Sources: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs