Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menachim Begin at Camp David
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Jimmy Carter's historic Camp David accords dramatised

In 1978 after tense negotiations at his Camp David retreat, President Jimmy Carter secured a treaty between Israel and Egypt that formally ended years of war. That event has been dramatized by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright in a new play that opens in Washington DC this week.

It was an emotional night for President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn who attended the world premiere of Camp David, a play about about the tense negotiations that resulted in the 1978 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

The 89-year-old former president was moved to tears when he was invited on stage at the end of the production, which was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright and is being performed at Arena Stage in Washington DC.

The play examines the relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and President Carter - and the surprising role his wife played.

It offers the hope that, despite this week's setbacks to the current talks, peace in the Middle East is possible.

Jane O'Brien reports.

Filmed by the BBC's Maxine Collins; edited by David Botti

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