On March 26th, 1979, when Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin signed the historic peace agreement before the eyes of the world in Washington, the reactions from Europe were (politely put) reserved. The French government, on behalf of Member States of the European Community, coolly said that the negotiations had been followed and acknowledged only that an “agreement” or “contract” had been signed. The term “peace agreement” was notably absent. Instead, the brief statement thrice called for a comprehensive solution involving all parties to the conflict. Only Israel’s settlement policy was mentioned as an obstacle to peace; not a word about Palestinian terror or the Arab policy of non-recognition towards Israel. The problem with demanding a comprehensive solution, as Israeli diplomat Abba Eban formulated in his memoirs, was that it would grant the most radical Palestinian elements, especially the PLO, a permanent veto right.