Tie Breaker

Hammer, Joshua
February 2002
New Republic;2/18/2002, Vol. 226 Issue 6, p13
Focuses on relations between Egypt and Israel. Hostility of Egypt towards the Jewish state and its effect on commerce and diplomatic relations; Reasons for the failure of peace processes between Egypt and Israel; Evaporation of the Red Sea tourist trade that attracted 400,000 Israelis per year in the 1990s; Efforts of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resolve the East Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East; Pressure on Mubarak to take a tougher anti-Israel stand-closing the embassy, ending commercial flights; Insistence of Arafat to Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to arrest Islamic militants; Discussion of anti-Israel propaganda and the vilification campaign against Israel that is being fueled by Egyptian media; Statement that the most dispiriting aspect of the vilification campaign is that it effectively suppresses the free exchange of ideas.


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