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

Submitted by Yuval Brandstetter MD (Israel), Nov 21, 2006 at 13:42

People tend to forget the fact that Israel gave up on two-billion-dollars-a-year oil fields in Sinai for peace, in exchange for American aid, which has since shrunk to almost nothing. At the time Israel was an oil producer, an exporter and was fully in control of the arms that Arabs in Israel could place their hands on.

Essentially, the more concessions Israel makes, the more assured it can be that the next round of warfare is A: an absolute certainty B: harder to win. That is the only outcome of diplomacy.

Let us not forget Egypt's achiles heel. The Aswan dam is a threat far greater than any atomic weapon one could conjecture. This is Israel's only guarantee of non-direct-belligerence.

YB

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