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28 Aug, 2011

Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty in light of the new realities | Jordan Times

Peace in the Middle East is crucially dependent on the extent to and the manner in which the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty will be upheld.

The treaty shows clearly the inequality between the demands of the new realities and the old mechanisms that has seen a calm political exchange between the two countries for the past three decades. Its implementation in 1979 was followed by Hosni Mubarak’s rise to power, in 1981. Since then, the treaty has determined the relationship between Israel and the recently ousted regime in Egypt. Mubarak himself was a symbol of its durability; he actually acted as its personal guardian.

Despite four wars in the period 1948-73, Mubarak was able to steer the relationship between the two countries on a fairly calm path, based on the principle “we have peace so that we do not have war”. Beyond that, there was no much social interaction between the two countries, and the treaty did not affect the Egyptian people’s attitude towards Israel.

Having secured its defence lines with Egypt and Mubarak’s friendship, Israel felt free to commit massacres in Lebanon and Palestine, strike Iraqi and Syrian nuclear sites, and generally continue its aggressive and expansionist policies in the West Bank.

This convinced the Arabs, as well as the wider world, that Israel is not overly concerned with peace.

via Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty in light of the new realities | Jordan Times.