Lessons from Israel and Egypt’s lukewarm peace

Source: Atlantic Council

Author(s): Gabriel Mitchell

Original Link: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/lessons-from-israel-and-egypts-lukewarm-peace/

On March 9, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen met with his Egyptian counterpart Nasser Fahmi in the resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, located at the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula.

On the face of it, nothing about this encounter was consequential—security cooperation is the bedrock of Israeli-Egyptian relations.

However, what captured Israeli headlines was the fact that Cohen was reportedly accompanied by a large delegation of Israeli businessmen. Could the recently signed normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco be warming the “cold peace” between Israel and Egypt?

Possibly, as it is hard to argue that there has ever been a better period in Israeli-Egyptian relations.

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