1978 for talks leading up to the Egypt-Israel Peace Agreement
Moshe Dayan In Washington, D.C. March, 1978 for talks leading up to the Egypt-Israel Peace Agreement
Journalistic photography Moshe Dayan was an Israeli military leader who later became a crusader for peace. He played a key role in four wars and helped negotiate the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. My friend and his wife and I were in Washington D.C. for a few days and we happened to be walking by the exquisite Ritz-Carlton Hotel, when I saw a group of Israeli gentlemen who seemed to be there on some sort of official business and were waiting for some very important person to come out of the hotel, at any moment. I asked one of them who they were waiting for. He could see that I had a Nikon and obviously wanted to take a picture of whoever the VIP was. He said, “I can’t tell you, but if you want to wait over there with the press photographers, he’ll be coming out in a moment.” So, I thanked him and went over and waited with the press photographers. A few minutes later, the famous Israeli General Moshe Dayan walked out, escorted by members of the Mossad (the Israeli version of the American Secret Service) and for a very brief moment I had the same access as the network news services photographers. So, I was able to get this one shot, after Moshe Dayan had just gotten into his waiting limousine. Moshe Dayan was in Washington, D.C. for a meeting with President Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat & Menachem Begin, concerning the Egypt-Israel Peace Agreement. Moshe Dayan died three years after this picture was taken, from a masive heart attack. He was 66 years old.