The conflicts of the Middle East often seem irreconcilable, but occasionally there are transcendent moments, glimmers of light. During the 1978 Camp David Peace Talks between Egypt and Israel hosted by President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin threatened to withdraw over the wording of a side letter on the status of Jerusalem. President Carter responded indirectly, autographing pictures for Begin’s grandchildren. This gesture—and Carter’s sincere commitment to peace—so moved the Prime Minister that he agreed to accept a new draft.
Appearing in Open Exchange, March 30, 2009