The Carter-Dayan Understanding

October 1977

In a series of meetings in Washington between President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan a working paper was produced. This working paper defused the crisis in U.S.-Israel’s relations following the Joint U.S.-Soviet Communiqué of 1 October 1977. Dayan made the terms of the working paper public on 13 October during a parliamentary session in Israel. The paper provided:

1 . The Arab parties will be represented by a united Arab delegation, which will include Palestinian Arabs. After the opening sessions, the conference will split into working groups.

2. The working groups for the negotiations and conclusion of peace treaties will be formed as follows :

a. Egypt-Israel

b. Jordan-Israel

c. Syria-Israel

d. Lebanon-Israel (AII the parties agree that Lebanon may join the conference when it so requests.)


3. The West Bank and Gaza issues will be discussed in a working group to consist of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Arabs.

4. The solution of the problem of the Arab refugees and of the Jewish refugees will be discussed in accordance with terms to be agreed upon.

5 . The agreed bases for the negotiations at the Geneva peace conference on the Middle East are UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.

6. AII the initial terms of reference of the Geneva peace conference remain in force, except as may be agreed by the parties.