Israel Is Still at War

After several military defeats, the largest and strongest Arab state, Egypt, signed a historic peace treaty with Israel in 1979. The defection of Egypt from the anti-Israel Arab alliance largely neutralized the option of a large-scale conventional attack on Israel, improving Israel’s overall strategic position.

Yet Cairo refrained from developing normal relations with the Jewish state. A “cold peace” evolved, underscoring the countries’ common strategic interests but also the reluctance of Egypt to participate in reconciling the two peoples.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    That the treaty has lasted this long should be a cause of satisfaction.

  • simus1

    A muslim government publicly reconciling with infidels automatically elevates any lunatic screaming gibberish on a Cairo street corner to better muslim status than it would have when the mob takes a poll.

  • Exile1981

    Egypt knows normalizing relations would bring about their overthrow by the masses.