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Egypt and the treaty

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

Submitted by Jay (United States), Nov 22, 2006 at 00:06

Egypt's treaty, while not perfect holds pretty well.The main reason it holds well is because the Sinai desert which is 120 miles long is a very workable buffer. With American added eyes,its a decent size off limits..

As to why Egypt needs so much arms with no military enemy in sight is a valid question with no good answer. The theory that it is for a one day war with Israel is a potentially worrisome observation.It is also strange to the senses that America plays the role that it does in arming Egypt. That answer seems to be in the military money motive and the -if not us then someone else game.

However one feels on the subject, the bottom line is that the suez canal is the military threat fault line. The lessons to be learned by the treaty is that in lieu of a suez size buffer, Israel had better rethink how far it withdraws everywhere else. It should have never withdrawn from the Phliadelphia route at Gaza and indeed may have to regain it and widen it minus all homes.

Two...along with other parts of the territories,Israel should retain some or all of the Jordan Valley,and retain the Golan heights and militirize it untill the Iranian threat and alliance with Syria are voted out of power. The real lesson of the Egypt treaty is that Israel cant solve all its problems by not exchanging some lands nor by exchanging all lands.The middle east is a weird clump of tents.Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel but does everything in its newspaper power to keep its people unfriendly towards Israel.Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have rather intimate relations with America but cant seem to establish or be asked to establish relations with Israel even though the Palestinians have relations with Israel. Iran says the Holocaust never happened but Germany says it did. Lebanon had a foreign army made up of its own people.And Yossi Beilin is negotiating his own treaty as an unelected Prime Minister of Israel.


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