Prime Minister Menahem Begin (1977-1983) served concurrently with President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) and President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) and received such greetings from them. Here we present the exchange of greetings for the coming of the Jewish year 5740 (September 1979) and 5743 (September 1982). These letters were sent as electronic telegrams to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, and then printed and sent to the recipients. Therefore they are not signed in pen.
The greeting of Carter to Begin on September 21, 1979 (file A-4348/6) was written a few months after the signing of the Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt (with Carter as a witness) on March 26. Begin answered Carter on September 25, 1979. He emphasized his hope to strengthen peace between Israel and the Arabs and friendship between Israel and the USA.
|Carter and Begin conversing in the White House Garden, March 2, 1979. |
Photographer: David Rubinger, National Photo Collection
|Reagan and Begin at the White House, September 9. |
Photographer: Ya'acov Sa'ar, National Photo Collection