021009 - 02/10/09 PLIR 365 Panel in Egypt What is the...

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02/10/09 PLIR 365 Panel in Egypt What is the single most crucial issue in the Middle East today? I. War in Gaza A. Why important for Egyptians? i. Worried about the number of women and kids harmed- none of which was reported in America. Leads to a sense of helplessness ii. Division between the Palestinians reflects the division between the Arab world iii. Gaza and the Palestinian issue has always been a national issue for Egypt because it takes place on their border B. Moderates v. radicals (Iran, Syria, Hamas) C. The winner is not clear in this conflict or in the 2006 D. What does Egypt hope to gain? i. In the next week there should be an agreement between Hamas and Israel for a long cease-fire and prisoner exchange ii. Israeli elections are today- very possible a right-wing leader will win, which might affect the peace process II. Iran A. More radical tendency in the Middle East B. Complicated relations with the Arab world i. Rocky history ii. Arab countries possibly uncomfortable with Washington, talking about
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