Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Camp David Treaty Between Egypt and Israel Is
Not a Sacred Text
By Khalid Amayreh
in occupied Palestine
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 9, 2012
It is quite heartening that leaders of the Egyptian Muslim
Brothers are speaking of their disdain and contempt of the 1979 Peace Treaty
between Egypt and Israel.
It seems also prudent that the Islamist
party, evidently the largest in Egypt, will not embark on a rash feat that
could invite uncalculated reactions from the Zionist entity and its western
allies, especially her guardian-ally, the United States.
Brothers have said that they will respect Egypt's international obligations.
None the less, the Camp David treaty was not really a treaty of peace,
but rather a treaty of submission and capitulation to Zionist regional
hegemony, arrogance and military supremacy.
True, the Sinai Peninsula
was "returned" to Egypt to the last inch. However, it is also true that vast
swathes of the Sinai desert became off limit to the Egyptian forces. This is
why smugglers, terrorists, saboteurs and foreign agents seem to act freely
throughout that territory, blowing up gas pipelines, smuggling narcotics and
other contrabands, and even attacking symbols of Egyptian sovereignty,
including police centers and tourist resorts.
The defunct Egyptian
regime of ex President Hosni Mubarak claimed mendaciously that the Sinai
desert was completely liberated from the Israeli occupation. But how can
Sinai are really completely liberated when the bulk of its territory is
still off limit to the Egyptian army and air force?
In addition, it
is quite scandalous how Israel came to understand the infamous treaty, e.g.
that it gave the Zionist entity a carte blanch to gang up on the
Palestinians, liquidate the Palestinian cause, though gradually and by
desensitizing the world's moral conscience, and carrying out recurrent
genocidal campaigns aimed at murdering, incinerating and maiming as many
Palestinians as possible.
If evidence were needed, we are all invited
to revisit the 2008-09 Israeli blitzkrieg on the Gaza Strip which did to
Gaza what the allies bombing did to Dresden in the last phases of the Second
Well, under these circumstances, one is prompted to ask
whether Egypt, especially under an Islamist-ruled or Islamist influenced
regime, is under any legal or moral obligation to abide by such a treaty.
Of course, the final say in this regard belongs to the Egyptian people.
But the Egyptian people, who have suffered so much and for so long from
Israeli criminality and aggression, and barbarianism doesn't seem to give
that treaty the benefit of the doubt, that is if there is any doubt about
the treaty's ignominious nature and disastrous legacy.
I realize that
spasmodic and uncalculated statements may do more harm than good. However,
there should be no question as to the pressing need to renegotiate that
treaty if only because the government that signed that treaty back in 1979
was not a democratic government, which didn't enjoy the Egyptian people's
This week, a Muslim Brotherhood's leader, Rashad Bayoumy,
made it very clear that the Brotherhood will not recognize the "criminal
state of Israel."
"Is it a pre-condition to recognize Israel in order
to govern? This is not possible, no matter what the circumstances are. We
don't recognize Israel at all. It is a criminal occupier."
who is deputy to the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, stressed that no member of
the Brotherhood will ever sit down with an Israeli.
"I will not allow
myself to sit with a criminal. We will not deal with them in any way."
He added that the Brotherhood may hold a national referendum to measure
public opinion before taking a final decision about the treaty.
will take all the correct legal procedures with the treaty, it is not biding
for me, and the people will have the final opinion about it.
didn't agree to the peace treaty; we will take all respectable legal
procedures towards it. I believe we have the right to present it to the
people and the elected parliament so that they can come to a decision about
The above words spell resolve but impetuousness as they reflect
the long-suppressed disdain and rejection among Egyptians of a so-called
peace treaty that enabled Israel to gang on the Palestinians and arrogated
the remainder of their homeland.
In the final analysis, Egypt can and
should hold Israel to account over the clauses of the treaty which make it
an integral part of a wider process which also includes resolving the
Palestinian question in accordance with UN Security Council 242 and 338.
However, since Israel has violated these resolutions rather starkly and
scandalously, if only by building hundreds of Jewish colonies on occupied
land, and by transferring hundreds of thousands of its citizens to live on
land that belongs to another people, Egypt should be able to downgrade its
commitment to and compliance with the infamous treaty to the bare minimum.
Such a posture on Egypt 's part wouldn't be viewed as declaration of war
or even a unilateral promulgation of the treaty. It would only be viewed as
a necessary measure reflecting Egypt 's sovereignty and national will.
There is no doubt that the treaty and relations with Israel will be a
litmus test for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) as well as the other
Islamist party, the Nur, representing the Salafi brothers.
Islamists under all circumstances must keep a distance from Israel even if
bullied, coerced and pressured by the United States to behave otherwise. Any
concession, real or imagined, in this regard will cost the Islamists dearly
in terms of their standing in the eyes of the people.
must not allow themselves to gain acceptance and favor from the criminal
entity and her supporters, especially the Jewish-controlled US Congress, at
the expense of the Egyptian people's acceptance of the Islamists.
Egypt as elsewhere in the Arab and Muslim world, there is a mutually
exclusive relationship between having normal relations with Israel and being
accepted and respected by the masses. A government, including an Islamist or
quasi-Islamist government, can only have either good relations with Israel
and her supporters on the one hand, or acceptance and respect from the
people, on the other. It can't have both, period.