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Promise of Camp David unfulfilled

Amid the enmity and bloodshed of the Middle East, this was to have been a rare moment of celebration: Egyptian and Israeli leaders were to meet this month in Israel to mark the 25th anniversary of their historic peace treaty, once envisioned as the first step to regional peace. Instead the anniversary arrived last week with the two nations locked in their fiercest acrimony in years over Israel’s targeted killing of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin. Egypt pulled out of the festivities, comparing Israel to a “terrorist organization,” while Israeli officials defended Yassin’s killing and held anniversary celebrations anyway. With that, a date rooted in hope passed instead as a sad reflection of reality: The Egyptian-Israeli peace has endured, but the deeper promise of regional peace has not been fulfilled. For both nations, the legacy of a pact once hailed as the key to “no more wars, no more bloodshed” is more bitter than sweet. Full Story

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