RAMALLAH, Feb 8 (JMCC) - Two Israeli and two Palestinian commentators weigh in on the question of how events in Egypt will impact the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
In the words of George Giacaman:
I think the changes will be clear only after the election of a new Egyptian parliament--if elections are free and not rigged. Whatever regime is in existence at that time, there will subsequently be an internal opposition. Like there is in Israel. The Americans constantly bring this as an argument before the Palestinians--that the [Israeli] coalition will collapse or there is opposition. Finally Egypt will have internal opposition on a wide variety of issues, related broadly to American policy in the region but more specifically on the question of Palestine.
From this perspective, the United States and Israel will face a crisis as to what to do. From a strategic perspective, if they are not going to lose Egypt then they will have to move on the peace front more seriously than they have before.
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