Prospects For Peace Diminish

May 2004
Middle East Monitor: East Med;May2004, Vol. 14 Issue 5, p2
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Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Yassin has prompted condemnation from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has cancelled the planned visit of a parliamentary delegation to Tel Aviv. As the trip had been intended to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Camp David peace treaty between the two countries, this has powerful symbolic resonance. Yet while the Yassin assassination is a serious setback to the peace process, Mubarak's diplomatic cancellation is more a gesture to placate his domestic audience than a genuine attempt to alter relations with Israel. In some ways, establishing relations with Israel has strengthened the state, not least because valuable financial support followed from the U.S.


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