Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Dr. Said Aly Examines Gaza Withdrawal

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Dr. Said Aly Examines Gaza Withdrawal

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Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly, director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, provided an Egyptian perspective on Israel's recent withdrawal from Gaza at an Oct. 12 presentation at the Palestine Center in Washington, DC. His lecture focused on "Managing Gaza's Transition after the Israeli Withdrawal: A Critical Point in Egyptian-Palestinian Collaboration."

Dr. Said Aly addressed several key questions about the withdrawal, including how big a role Egypt would play in Gaza's political and economic transformation, how the international community could aid Gaza's transformation, and how the current situation in Palestine might affect Egypt's own political and economic reform.

The Egyptian government supported Israel's disengagement plan, Dr. Said Aly said, because Cairo saw it as a "seductive" way to take a step toward peace. While "everyone in the Middle East is looking at Palestine as a lost cause," Dr. Aly described the Egyptian government's desire to get involved as "courageous."

Currently, Egypt's primary role is securing the Gaza/Egypt border, where approximately 750 Egyptian soldiers are stationed. …

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