News of the successful completion of the Camp David summit meeting created a wave of bipartisan enthusiasm and praise for President Carter yesterday.
Only a few dissenting voices could be heard in the general chorus of positive comment. Numerous senators and congressmen offered extravagent expressions of admiration for Carter's accomplishments.
For example, Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D-N.Y.), a strong supporter of Israel in the past, said "this may well be the most remarkable and significant diplomatic achievement in the history of the Republic."
The Senate Republican leader, Howard H. Baker Jr. Tenn.), called the Camp David agreements "a great victory for President Carter and, if future negotiations produce a permanent peace, it will be a great victory for the world."
Rep. John Brademas (D-Ind.) the majority whip in the House, called the Camp David agreements "a stunning success" that will "end any questions about Carter's ability handle foreign affairs."
Sen. Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.) said "the whole world and all mankind must breathe a sigh of relief that the road to peace has been opened. . ."
One direct challenge to this "bipartisan euphoria," as Solarz called it, came from Sen. James Abourezk (D-S.D.) a staunch supporter of the Arab cause, who warned that if Camp David leads to a separate peace between Israel and Egypt "it could be the most destabilizing thing that could happen in the Middle East."
There were cautious comments from several other members of Congress.
Sen. Dick Stone (D-Fla.), one of Israel's staunchest supporters, warned that incidents of terrorism on the Israeli-occupied West Bank would probably now increase.
Stone also cautioned that, unless Jordan's King Hussein accepts the Camp David agreements as the basis for negotiations in which he agrees to participate, "it would not be possible to consummate the peace process."
Stone and others also noted that Saudi Arabian support for the Camp David accords would be important.
In private conversations on Capitol Hill, praise for Carter's personal role in turning the summit into a success was almost universal. Even politicians who have come to dismiss Carter's political skills or ridicule his policies spoke with some admiration yesterday.
One of those critics, a senior Republican aide in the Senate, said: "You've got to take your hat off to Carter - very impressive, really."
Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.): "We must be particularly grateful for the patience and determination by President Carter in assuming the political risks necessary to bring the two sides together."
Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn.): "Despite the many rocky days, he persisted in his role as a great American president to achieve peace and understanding between Israel and Egypt."
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) praised Carter, Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Anwar Sadat all together for their efforts to produce peace.
Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.): "History turned the corner" Sunday night, "and the troubled [Middle East] will never be the same again."
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, on the NBC Today show yesterday, called the Camp David summit "a major achievement."
"The ground could conceivably still give way," Kissinger said, noting the fragility of all Middle East agreements, "but so much of an advance has now been made that it will be in totally different circumstances and much better circumstances."
Kissinger took the position that Begin had made two important concessions by agreeing to establish no new settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan River and to negotiate the future of that area - "both of these things he's said he will never do."
Rep. Solarz, among others, also said Begin had made major concessions. Press comment yesterday tended to emphasize the parallels between previous Israeli positions and the Camp David accords.