Israelis often say, “There is peace between the governments of Egypt and Israel, but not between peoples.” I beg to differ. Many Egyptians have no problem with Israel, and a few thousand of them even live in Israel, peacefully.
We recently marked 41 years since the signing of the peace agreement at Camp David between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat. This agreement established certain guidelines, including mutual non-aggression in the media and reciprocal visits by tourists.
In Article 3 of the peace treaty:
“The Parties agree that the normal relationship established between them will include full recognition, diplomatic, economic and cultural relations, termination of economic boycotts and discriminatory barriers to the free movement of people and goods, and will guarantee the mutual enjoyment by citizens of the due process of law. The process by which they undertake to achieve such a relationship parallel to the implementation of other provisions of this Treaty is set out in the annexed protocol (Annex III).”
Article 3 encourages normalization of relationships…