Dangerous times

Oh my, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now running Egypt, says that the Camp David Accords are unfair to Egypt. Here’s Wikipedia’s summary of the agreement, as it relates to Egypt and Israel:

Israel agreed to withdraw its armed forces from the Sinai, evacuate its 4,500 civilian inhabitants, and restore it to Egypt in return for normal diplomatic relations with Egypt, guarantees of freedom of passage through the Suez Canal and other nearby waterways (such as the Straits of Tiran), and a restriction on the forces Egypt could place on the Sinai peninsula, especially within 20–40 km from Israel. This process would take three years to complete. Israel also agreed to limit its forces a smaller distance (3 km) from the Egyptian border, and to guarantee free passage between Egypt and Jordan. With the withdrawal, Israel also returned Egypt’s Abu-Rudeis oil fields in western Sinai, which contained long term, commercially productive wells.

The agreement was entirely one-sided. Israel agreed to give Egypt the Sinai and the Suez Canal, in exchange for which Egypt promised only (1) not to militarize the Sinai and (2) to allow Israel to use the canal. Moreover, Israel recently has (foolishly) allowed Egypt to remilitarize the Sinai, leaving the second as the only Egyptian concession in the accord still active.

Is the Muslim Brotherhood really upset that Israel gets to use the Suez Canal? Not likely. More likely, they are upset with the accord’s implicit agreement that Egypt would not keep attacking Israel.

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