Res. General: Egypt Will Maintain Peace But It Won’t Be Nice


major-general-res-giora-eilandEgypt will not abrogate its peace treaty with Israel due to the financial implications of such a move, Major General (res.) Giora Eiland assessed Monday.

While the peace with Egypt in the aftermath of the January rebellion will not be a “nice peace,” he opined, “the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt gives Egypt several benefits that no [Cairo] government would foreswear.”

“First – Egypt sells gas to Israel and will not give up this income.

“Second, Egypt’s economy depends on tourism. Tension with Israel could affect this and therefore Egypt would be interested in presenting a peaceful state of events.

“Third, the Suez Canal provides income for Egypt, and a confrontation with Israel could decrease [traffic through] the canal.

“Fourth and most important, relations between Egypt and the U.S.: Egypt receives funds from the U.S. and abrogating the treaty with Israel could stop this cash flow.”

Eiland is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv University. He was National Security Adviser to then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during the forcible eviction of almost 9,000 Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria in 2005.

Political predictions based on economic considerations have proven problematic in the Middle East. According to a Wikileaks document, Shimon Peres has admitted to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that his enthusiasm for the Oslo Accords was based on economic premises which proved wrong. Arabs did not opt for peace, despite their apprent clear economic interest to do so. In the end, the move had dire costs for Israel, both strategically and financially — besides the pain caused to the expelled families.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Arutz Sheva/ Newscenter}


  1. The goyim of the world and the non-religious decision-makers in medinat yisroel handle the arabs and Eretz Yisroel in strictly political terms. They will always fail.

    Eretz Yisroel and the issues surrounding her are above the laws of nature, politics and government.

    We must continue learning Torah, doing maasim tovim and davening for Hashem’s Rachamim.