Tensions Between Egypt and Israel Show Emerging Dynamic

Monday, August 22, 2011

Peace between Israel and Egypt was threatened late last week after a cross-border terrorist attack between the two countries prompted Israeli defense forces to fire at Egypt, killing three Egyptian officers. The killings spurred a diplomatic crisis. Egypt announced that it would recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak broke the Sabbath to issue a rare statement of regret for the deaths, and thousands of Egyptians protested outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. The crisis is the sharpest signal yet that the amicable relationship between Israel and Egypt has changed.

Aaron David Miller, former Middle East adviser to both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, and the author of "The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace," discusses these recent events. Miller's new book, "Can America Have Another Great President?" will be published by Bantam Books in 2012.


Aaron David Miller

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [1]


Why wasn't the Egyptian military "very much in control and in charge" along their most sensitive border with Israel and Gaza? If the space of US/Israeli influence will contract than apparently the billion dollar and treaty relationship is not working or being taken for granted. The question is how long the Egyptian military can maintain the balancing act as regimes fall without a net all around them.

Aug. 22 2011 11:06 AM

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