The Egypt-Israel Peace Is Hanging by a Thread

(Jerusalem Report) Robert Satloff - The Egypt-Israel peace treaty is hanging on by a thread. The aftermath of the Sinai attack only confirmed how firmly embedded in Egyptian political culture is the phenomenon of antipathy toward Israel. To be accurate, while Egyptians evince no zest for peace with Israel, they also show no appetite for war. Ultimately, preserving Egypt-Israel peace will not succeed without Washington. History will not be kind to President Obama if he decides he can trade a minor success in Libya for a strategic catastrophe in Egypt. This will require high-level U.S. engagement, both before and after Egypt's election season, to remind Egyptians what is at stake in their choice of political leaders and to remind those leaders that their choices have consequences. The writer is executive director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

2011-09-09 00:00:00

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