Presidents Carter and Sadat

The Repudiation of the Peacemakers
  • Paul H. Elovitz
  • Mohammed Shaalan


Why Jimmy Carter and Anwar el Sadat? Why include an American and an Egyptian president in the same chapter? The answer to this question is that events brought them together as few leaders of a great power and a Third World country have ever come together. A strong personal connection was forged during the long peacemaking sessions at Camp David. Carter’s feelings for Sadat were unambiguous. To the American, Sadat was “my wonderful friend” and “a great and good man” (Carter, 1982, p. 269). He was his “favorite person,” “it was love at first sight and quite genuine,” according to the American national security adviser who compares the “expansive, impetuous, and bold Egyptian” and the “highly controlled, precise Georgian with the computerlike mind” (Brzezinski, 1983, p. 24). When Sadat was worried at the Camp David negotiations, Carter’s comments were, “I will represent your interests as if they were my own. You are my brother.” He hoped he would “never let you down. You are probably the most admired statesman in the United States” (Brzezinski, 1983, p. 284). Sadat “was family” and Carter identified with him to an unusual degree bordering on “hero worship” (Brzezinski, 1983, p. 24). The Egyptian reciprocated with “my people and I are grateful to you... I shall always be proud of our friendship” (Brzezinski, 1983, p. 284). When his “wonderful friend” was assassinated, ex-President Carter was extremely upset. He wanted to attend the funeral as a private citizen rather than as the U.S. representative so that he could more privately mourn his friend (Carter, 1982).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul H. Elovitz
  • Mohammed Shaalan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Private PracticeAl Azhar UniversityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Private PracticeDokki, CairoEgypt

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