World: Roomful of New Realities

The experts assess the Egyptian-Israeli treaty

A mix of promising opportunities and dangerous risks. This is the cautiously balanced view of many U.S. experts on the Middle East as they analyze the likely effects of the Egyptian-Israeli treaty. Says a State Department senior aide: "We're moving into a roomful of new realities in the Middle East, but nobody can be sure what will happen to people's perceptions as we go through the door."

Perhaps the most profound development, in the view of many specialists, is that the Middle East alignment has been altered. Says Harvard Professor of Government Nadav Safran: "The whole chessboard...

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