Last night on Hardball, Chris Matthews was saying that an Israeli attack on Iran would destroy the Camp David treaty. But Israeli rejectionism is having the same effect. Akiva Eldar in the National Interest says the Egyptian presidential election will end Israel impunity for its behavior. Note that the Egyptian public is tuned to the brutality of the occupation, just like we are:
Yet there is one theme that unites the two [Egyptian presidential] finalists, as well as most other candidates who were dropped in the first round: they all strongly criticize the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and Israel’s settlement policy. Both have declared that if Israel will not get involved in serious negotiations with the Palestinians on the two-state solution, Egypt will feel free to review the Camp David accord, signed in September 1978 by President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. It is too early to predict what they mean by “reviewing” the accords. It will be difficult to cool further the diplomatic, cultural and economic relationship between the countries. Relations have been nearly frozen since Mubarak’s removal from office. A long-standing deal under which Israel was supplied with Egyptian natural gas is practically dead..
For many years, the Egyptian regime allowed Israel to have it both ways: to enjoy the benefits of peace with the most important Arab country while perpetrating a reality in the occupied territories that even the United States, Israel’s closest ally, believes to be illegal. The Israeli leaders adopted Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s perception that the Palestinian chapter in the Camp David Accords was just a fig leaf for the Egyptians..
The Al Jazeera TV network will bring into the living rooms of millions of Egyptians the next images of Israeli soldiers chasing Palestinian demonstrators. And the Egyptian populace isn’t likely to let its leaders keep business as usual vis-à-vis the Jewish State.