Most Egyptians favor ending peace treaty with Israel


More than half of Egyptians favor ending the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, according to a Pew Research poll.

Fifty-four percent of the 1,000 Egyptians interviewed support ending the peace treaty, while 34 percent would like the three-decade-old peace agreement to continue.

The Egypt-Israel peace treaty has been in affect more than 30 years. It created a mutual recognition of their countries with each other, the demilitarization of the Sinai Peninsula, passage for Israeli ships through the Suez Canal, development of trade with Egypt supplying Israel with oil and U.S. subsidizes for Egypt.

According to the survey, released April 25, Egyptians overwhelmingly support the fall of the Mubarak regime and are satisfied with the way things are going in their country. They are cautiously optimistic about a fair election with only 41 percent believing that it is possible.

More than 60 percent of Egyptians believe that the country's laws "should strictly follow the teachings" of the Quran. Only 36 percent feel that Coptic Christians and other religious minorities should be able to freely practice their faiths.

The poll also found that Egyptians viewed the U.S. in a less than favorable light, despite its show of support for the nation's political reforms.

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