Egypt and Israel: An Icy Peace Beginning to Thaw

(Arab News-Saudi Arabia) Egypt may have signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but, in real terms, the ink has never truly dried. However, the hot line between Egyptian President Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Sharon has been veritably glowing over the past few months. There is no doubt that Egypt's new attitudes regarding Israel are not popular with the man in the street. Yet, there appears to be a new pragmatism among Egyptians. Many do recognize the reality of Israel's existence and realize, with some distaste, that the U.S., the world's lone superpower, is biased toward the Jewish state, a situation unlikely to change as long as George W. Bush is in the Oval Office.

2004-12-14 00:00:00

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