Shalom Cohen, Israel’s ambassador to Cairo, says that 30 years after Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem: “Peace with Israel is not a central tenet of the [Egyptian] school curriculum.” Cohen attends many cultural events surrounded by bodyguards that separate him from the general public. He is not invited to all the events the rest of the city’s diplomatic corps attends. The media never interviews him.
Relations with Egypt don’t worry him; he says there have been ups and downs over the years, but a minimum connection has always remained. “Menachem Begin said the troubles of peace are better than the agonies of war….This is not a cold peace. There are matters on which the dialogue is very good.”