The Cold Peace

(Cairo Times) Ashraf Khalil and Issandr El Amrani - Twenty-five years ago on 19 November 1977, the late President Anwar Sadat shocked the world by flying to Jerusalem, addressing the Israeli Knesset, and calling for peace with a country that Egypt had confronted in four wars, paving the way for the Camp David Peace Accords and effectively inventing the concept of a Middle East peace process. A quarter of a century later, the treaty that his trip spawned still stands, and a nervy, but lasting, peace between the peoples endures. But relations between Egypt and Israeli are considered by many on both sides to be at an all-time post-Camp David low. In August, when President Bush threatened to withhold future U.S. aid (but not the $2 billion in annual Camp David funds) over the jailing of activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, many in Egypt called for the government to simply walk away from its Camp David obligations.

2002-11-28 00:00:00

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