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Only one who lost all basic human feeling can oppose the aspiration of young Egyptians to live in a democracy.

To maintain and strengthen the peace with Egypt, we must end the occupation and make peace with the Palestinians.

Only one who has lost all basic human feeling can oppose the aspiration of masses of young Egyptians, mostly secular, to live in a democracy and enjoy the basic rights which citizens of Israel take for granted - the right to freely express their opinions, to organize politically as they please and to freely elect their government and parliament. It is in the supreme interest of the State of Israel that in its neighboring countries a real democracy will prevail, a democracy growing from below out of the dreams and aspirations and determined struggle by thousands and millions of people.

Already for many years the peace between Israel and Egypt is a cold peace, a peace without a soul, a peace with the regime and not with the Egyptian people. This; for a clear and manifest reason - the continued occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people by Israel. In his historic speech in the Knesset thirty-three years ago, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat called for an end of the occupation and peace between Israel and the Palestinians, seeking to bring down the psychological walls separating the two peoples. Successive Israeli governments chose instead to continue a brutal repression of the Palestinians, thus re-erecting these walls ever higher. From the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, perpetrated a bare few months after the completion of Israeli withdrawal from Sinai, to the bombing and mass killing in Gaza during the "Cast Lead" war, Egyptian citizens have witnessed on their screens scenes of horror which made them regard their country's peace with Israel as a disgusting phenomenon.

At this moment, the struggle going on in the streets of Egyptian cities is mainly directed inwards, aimed at a deep change in the regime and society, and relations with Israel play only a marginal part in it. Only by at long last ending the occupation and reaching peace with the Palestinians can Israel hope to preserve and strengthen the peace with Egypt, whatever regime will emerge from the current popular struggle.

Contact: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson 054-2340749