May 10, 2016
- Peace with Israel in Egyptian Textbooks: What Changed between the Mubarak and el-Sisi Eras? – Ofir Winter
One chapter of a new textbook published by the Egyptian Education Ministry for the 2015-2016 school year is devoted to the peace treaty with Israel. A comparison of the new book with previous textbooks reveals that the book is more firmly supportive of peace with Israel, particularly based on the approach that it is a necessary condition for improving Egypt’s economic situation.
The book mentions Israel as a partner in “friendly” peace relations, and a picture of Prime Minister Menahem Begin appears alongside that of President Anwar Sadat. The book makes less mention of the wars with Israel and the Palestinian problem than in the past. These are significant changes that can have a positive effect on the idea of peace with Israel among Egypt’s young generation. (Strategic Assessment-Institute for National Security Studies)