Middle East watchers in the United States are wondering whether the new Egypt will keep its peace treaty with Israel. They are confident that the treaty will hold because Egypt is a much weaker state than Israel both economically and militarily.
But the right question to ask is not whether Egypt will keep the peace. It is whether Egypt will allow entities that are hostile to Israel to flourish within its borders. The regime of Hosni Mubarak participated in the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Ever since Egypt has had a new government, travel restrictions between Egypt and Gaza have eased up allowing Gazans to cross the border into Egypt more freely. This is undoubtedly a good sign.
The new Egypt should not be a party to the brutal and unjust siege over the Gaza Strip. And it will be interesting to see how the new relationship between Egypt and Israel develops.