Regional Politics (1980)
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The epochal shift that occurred in the political and strategic balance of the Arab-Israeli conflict is a result of Egypt’s policy and the not too surprising, indeed anticipated, reaction of the Arab states. This shift is of great importance whatever may be the outcome of the attempt to implement, by negotiation, the provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Among the factors that one ought to consider in this connection are, first, Egypt’s massive presence in the Arab world in spite of the poli tical differences between her and other Arab regimes; second, Egypt’s ability to formulate policy based on her national or state interest and related to her historically important function in the region; and, third, the absence so far of an alternative and enforceable policy of peace or war on the part of other Arab states. The mutual distrust, conflict of interest and rivalry among the Arab states, especially between Iraq and Syria, the original leaders of the anti-Egyptian front, make it still pos sible for Egypt to continue her peace policy.