Translated by Carmen Gindi
When President Sisi declared a new era of “warm peace” with Israel, peace activists in Egypt and the rest of the world experienced a wave of optimism. The legacy of hatred between the two peoples was expected to give way to a more peaceful future—one of cooperation—seeking the common interests of the two peoples. Perhaps Egypt and Israel would become the driving engines of a new Middle Eastern union, resembling France and Germany’s leadership in the European Union. Having forgotten about the two wars, the bloodshed, and the occupation, many dreams and expectations emerged in the imaginations of the supporters of coexistence.