40 Years On, Rare, Intimate Photos of Begin and Sadat Signing Peace Agreement

National Library of Israel releases rare photos as the world marks 40 years to the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement

Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, January 8 1980.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]

As the world marks the 40th anniversary of the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty, the National Library of Israel has released dozens of rare photos showing the two country’s leaders – Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat – sharing moments of friendship and laughter. 

Begin and Sadat in Egypt, December, 1977
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Yossi Rot]
With Hosni Mubarak and Moshe Dayan in Egypt, December, 1977.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]
Begin and Sadat at Blair House in Washington – From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [photo credit – Dan Hadani]
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]
Begin and Sadat in Egypt, December, 1977.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Yossi Rot]
Sadat (center) and Begin in Ofira, June, 1981.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]
Begin (Left) and Sadat in Haifa, September, 1979.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]
Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin during a dinner following the signing ceremony.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]
Begin (Left) and Sadat in the Israeli settlement Ofira in southern Sinai, June, 1981.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, American President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin during the signing ceremony of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in 1979.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]
Israeli PM Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, January 8 1980.
From the Dan Hadani Archive, National Library of Israel [Photo Credit: Dan Hadani]