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I wish things were otherwise, and that a breakthrough diplomatic foray by a country that used to be the recognized leader of the Arab World could reshuffle the cards of Middle Eastern diplomacy and set the stage for more peaceful years ahead. I see no evidence of that, sadly, and recognize mainly how deep a low point we have reached when Arab, Israeli and international media find significance in the mere fact that the foreign minister of Egypt showed up for a few hours in Israel.I wish dearly that Egypt would resume its role as a recognized leading Arab power that could spur regional and global activity for Arab-Israeli permanent peace, like it resolved its own conflict with Israel. I cannot see how Egypt in its current condition can have any capacity to trigger serious regional diplomatic initiatives. Reviving and repeating old and dishonest American diplomatic approaches is the easy option that Egypt and other Arab countries seem to choose now and then, but they always result in the same failures.
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