MembersIt’s not ‘Palestine’ that Hinders Israeli-Arab Relations

When Tawfik Okasha, a prominent and controversial member of Egypt’s parliament, invited the Israeli ambassador for dinner, he couldn’t imagine that it would cost him his job.

By Israel Today Staff |

Okasha’s colleagues voted to expel him from parliament, while he was publicly shamed for “betraying” the nation.

 

“No Egyptian and no Muslim can forget Palestine,” said Gamal Ahmed, a 40-year-old website designer from Cairo. “His meeting with the enemy was unacceptable.”

 

Despite 37 years of peace, relations with Egypt remain fragile. But is that really because of the Palestinian issue? To better understand the situation, Israel Today reporter Elizabeth Blade spoke to two experts: former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel (1980-1983; 1996-2001), and Amr Zakariya, an Egyptian scholar and founding member of Afaq, an institute for Middle East studies in Cairo.

 

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