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Unformatted text preview: THE ERA OF D ~ E N T E1969-1 979 , remain an isolated example of what can be accomplished when statesmen set out deliberately to break the chains of past ideas and animosities. EXCERPT FROM SADAT'S SPEECH IN ISRAEL, NOVEMBER 20,1977 I have chosen to set aside all precedents and traditions known by warring coun ' In spite of the fact that occupation of Arab territory is still there, the declaratio my readiness to proceed to Israel came as a great surprise that stirred many feel and confounded many minds. Some of them even doubted its intent.. .. I have chosen to come to you with an open heart and an open mind. I chosen to give this great impetus to all international efforts exerted for peace. I chosen to present you in your own home, the realities, devoid of any whim. Not to maneuver, to win a round, but for us to win together, the gerous of rounds embattled in modern history, the battle of permanent peace on justice. I t is not my battle alone. Nor is it the battle of the leadership in Israel alon is the battle of a ll and every citizen in our territories, whose right it is to live in pe It is the commitment of conscience and responsibility in the hearts of millions. When I put forward this initiative, many asked what is it that I conceived as sible to achieve during this visit and what my expectations were. And as I these questions, I announce before you that I have not thought of carrying initiative from the precepts of what could be achieved during this visit. I have here to deliver a message. I have delivered the message and may God be my wi I repeat with Zacharia: Love right and justice. From the holy Qu'ran the following verses: "We believe in God and in what has been revealed to what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac,Jacob and the 13Jewish tribes. the books given to Moses and Jesus and the prophets from their Lord, who no distinction between them." So we agree, Salarn Aleikum-peace be upon ...
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