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Reader comment on item: Rethinking the Egypt-Israel "Peace" Treaty

Submitted by Elliot (Canada), Nov 21, 2006 at 12:07

It is arguable that the treaty acted as window dressing to provide the Egyptian government with an excuse not to go to war in the face of popular sentiment to test Israel on the battlefield.

The comparison with Syria is used to offer a comparison with a country not being armed by the United States. However, Syria remained belligerent to the US, and I expect that were Egypt as belligerent, it would not be a candidate as US arms customer. If this is so, then it is pointless to argue that the treaty had a negative effect of attracting an Egyptian arms build up.

Your comments are welcome. Elliot

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