In his first speech since the war with Israel began on October 6th, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat proposed a peace formula while warning that Egypt's missiles were ready to strike deep into Israel "at any minute".
GV President Sadat and War Minister in open motorcade through Cairo streets (4 shots)
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SV Sadat receives official Koran and Kisses it and sits down by microphone
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Background: In his first speech since the war with Israel began on October 6th, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat proposed a peace formula while warning that Egypt's missiles were ready to strike deep into Israel "at any minute".
President Sadat spoke before Egypt's National Assembly on Tuesday (October 16th), wearing a Field Marshal's uniform as head of the armed forces. The speech was carried nationally on radio and television, and simultaneously translated into English on Cairo's second television channel.
The peace proposals were contained in a five-point open letter to President Nixton, which said a ceasefire could be based on an Israeli withdrawal form all territory occupied since the 1967 war. He also said Egypt was willing to attend a peace conference at the United Nations, implying direct negotiations with Israel. Observers noted that two weeks ago such a proposal by the Egyptian president would have been incredible.
President Sadat also warned of Egypt's capacity to launch "Al Zafer" missile deep into Israel. The Al Zafer, which was already being produced in Egypt at the time of the 1967 war, is believed to have a range of about 800 miles and carry a half-ton warhead. President Sadat did not spell out the conditions under which he would consider using the missile."
The speech contained an expected attack on the United States for its support of Israel, but also announced a decision to proceed with work to reopen the Suez Canal, closed since the 1967 war.
SYNOPSIS: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, at the height of his popularity, rode through the streets of Cairo on Tuesday to the National Assembly, for his first speech since the war with Israel began on October 9th.
General Ahmed Ismail, the War Minister, rode beside President Sadat, sharing the crowds' cheers for Egypt's military success since troops were launched across the Suez Canal.
An extraordinary session of Egypt's National Assembly had been called to hear the President's report on the progress of the war. The reception given President Sadat compared to demonstrations for President Nasser, at the height of his popularity.
As General Ismail entered the National Assembly, the embrace and cheers seemed almost equal to other enthusiasm given President Sadat.
The proceedings were televised nationally, and translated into English on Cairo's second television channel.
It was President Sadat's finest moment. Members of the National Assembly presented him with a koran, which he kissed reverently.
President Sadat's peace offer was contained in a five-point open letter to President Nixon. He said Egypt would agree to a ceasefire if Israel withdrew from all the territory it had occupied since the 1967 war. But the President also warned that Egypt and missiles ready to strike deep into the heart of Israel at any minute.
The President said, "We could form the first minute have given the signal for such an order but we realise the responsibility of using this type of weapon and we are holding ourselves back form using it." He paid tribute to the Egyptian troops and said they took only six hours to cross the Canal and break through the Israeli defences.
President Sadat also revealed he had ordered work to start on reopening the Suez Canal, closed since the 1967 war. Observers however, found one of the most notable points to be the President's declaration that Egypt would participate in a peace conference at the United Nations, presumably including Israel. The first hint that Egypt war ready to negotiate directly with Israel.