Egypt's Strategic Mideast Role


Egypt is again at the political center of the Arab world. Ten years after being ostracized by most of its Arab neighbors for signing a peace treaty with Israel, Egypt is emerging as a leader among moderate Arab governments that are seeking U.S. support for an independent Palestinian state. Because Egypt is the only Arab nation with formal relations with Israel, and because it is the one with the closest ties to the United States, it is in position to be the “honest broker” between Jerusalem and the Arab capitals, and between them and the United States, in searching for a Middle East peace settlement.

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