Camp David Negotiations

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1978 Camp David Negotiations
Alex Saldana
Proc 5840 Negotiation
Mark Long
Sep 25 2010

Introduction
The international political strategy of bring together the primary leaders of Israel and Egypt for peace talks may have been a design to stop the growing tensions across the middle eastern region of the 2010. However, the outcome of the 1978 Camp David accords were the end result of a 13 day series of American mediated talks between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and have been heralded by many to say it has been the longest lasting and most effectively negotiated agreement between any Arab nation and Israel. One of the biggest political issues of the last several decades has been keeping peace in the Middle East especially with on going tension of this year. This has been a challenge even for many of our pass and present U.S. President, as well as, the middle eastern leaders across the region. As evidence, Just listen to the daily news topics as we are bombarded with issues and concerns associated with the Middle East. Israel is still a hot top topic even today. Even though the international community had made peace in the Middle East a goal, the round of talks always found a way to stall. The Camp David talk’s unforeseen outcome changed the international community to this day. The negotiations issues of that specific event are outlined in this descriptive and informative paper. Other organization and political critics both in and out of the international negotiation arena might even question the most fundamental premise upon which the current optimal bargaining behavior is based, concerning effective interpersonal strategy and tactics used. On the other hand others might celebrate, as indeed most do, the more tangible successes of the accords. Israel agreed to trade the Sinai Peninsula for peaceful relations with Cairo, and both Egypt and Israel finished with larger US financial aid packets than any other international body currently receives. The possibility, however, of a divergent opinion is intriguing. This negotiation analysis will show the divergent goal achieved but yet an ambiguous term of success.

The goals and the planning and preparation that took place: Perhaps the end goal was to redeem a financial packet to help Egypt from a recovery effort finding themselves in a desperate need of financial aid after the war of 1967 and the October War of 1973. Mohammed Kamel, Foreign Minister under Egyptian President Sadat during the making of the accords, writes in his memoirs from the Camp David Accords; “that Egypt was in desperate need of financial aid after the war,” Britannica Encyclopedia (2010). Peace of course is partial mix in the strategy for achieving their goal during the talks but a more desire for building in some way to restore a level of integrity and honor, lost during the their previous war. The Camp David Negotiations of 1968 were an effort made by United States President Jimmy Carter to establish peace and security within the Middle East beginning with Egypt and Israel. President’s Carter’s mediation techniques and his skill at breaking through communication blockades, including his preparation in shadow moves, documentation, power and appreciative moves, helped enable the parties to reach a settlement. However the agreement would not have been reached if Israel and Egypt didn’t both have common goals.

Common goals:
Both countries would seek to establish security and improve their countries economic conditions. The goal of establishing a peace agreement that would halt hostile military action between Israel and Egypt was a monumental task as both oppositions were hardened from decades of military attacks and previously failed negotiation attempts. To achieve a favorable negotiation result between Israel and Egypt, flawless planning and preparation would be required and implemented with precision. And a move forward in...
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