February 15th, 2011
04:04 AM GMT
Israel and Egypt have benefited from a peace treaty for more than 30 years; however, the current uncertainty over Egypt’s political future has many wondering whether this peace will hold.
Who will succeed Hosni Mubarak? What role will the Muslim Brotherhood play in the country's future? Will democracy and free media take hold in the most populous of Arab countries? And will economic and business factors provide the glue to stop the fabric from splitting apart?
Economic ties between Egypt and Israel are limited but not nonexistent. For example, Israeli-owned textile factories employ thousands of Egyptians. They operate under the Qualifying Industrial Zones, a U.S. initiative that rewards ongoing business and trade relationships such as those in the textile industry.
More than 40% of Israel's natural gas needs are met through the gas pipelines across the northern Sinai. Can economic and trade ties in this fragile region help cement ongoing peace? Tell us your thoughts!
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