Egyptian Dialogue Forum
My deputy president, Salah Bazinah, and I would like to welcome you wholeheartedly to the newly formed Egyptian Dialogue Forum. The EDF aims to resolve Egypt’s current and future post-revolution problems and ameliorate Egypt into its high position among Arab States and world nations. The Egyptian Dialogue Forum brings different political movements, parties, organizations, and individuals together to discuss Egypt’s problems and find a common, compromising solution. As opposed to the Egyptian Parliament, the Egyptian Dialogue Forum does not give any party or individual more power over another. Representatives will debate on proposed solutions one by one, acting as amendments, rather than on a whole resolution. EDF is extremely important in Egypt’s current state, with the Muslim Brotherhood holding the majority of seats in parliament, and the possibility of people’s demands being ignored. EDF is Egypt’s the last hope of democracy, if it still does exist, as the voiceless are given the right to voice their demands, and the right of being considered, not neglected.
Regarding the first issue, the question of exporting Egypt’s natural gas to Israel. Representatives should consider the issues of decreasing the exportation of gas, increasing the price of gas exportation, taking more advantage of the gas being exported, and/or changing the policy of Israeli gas exportation.
Concerning the second issue, the question of Camp David Accords. Representatives should consider the issues of amending the Camp David Accords, cancelling the Camp David Accords, maintaining the Camp David Accords, tipping the scale to Egypt’s advantage, and or looking at different solutions’ consequences and responses from Arab States and Western Nations.
The last issue to be debated is the question of minorities in Egypt. Representatives should consider the issues of ensuring the rights of Christians in Egypt, maintaining stability between Christians and Muslims, decreasing the power of Muslim extremists, and, or ensuring Christians’ rights are maintained in the future, especially with the Egyptian Parliament being dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, as they represent the majority of seats in the parliament.
I expect all representatives to work hard, research well, and be prepared for a hopefully enjoyable and memorable time in this newly formed forum of the 22nd annual AISMUN conference. If you need any help, or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Egyptian Dialogue Forum President,
Issue 1: The Question of Exporting Egypt’s Natural Gas to Israel
After the January 25th Revolution, many opinions have been changed and many government policies have been altered. During the Revolution one of the main issues that many Egyptians focused on was the export of Egyptian gas to Israel. News agencies reported the amount of gas that is being exported daily to Israel. After the fall of the government and the preparation of the candidates and the parties to the upcoming elections, this issue has been an interesting topic to attract the Egyptian voters. There are different views and opinions regarding the topic, some are taking the nationalistic side, while others are taking the economic and capitalist side. Proponent of the nationalistic side argue that Egypt should not export to the Arab States’ and its main enemy, Israel, especially at such a low price. On the other hand, the economic and capitalist point of view argues that the halting of gas exports to Israel would befall great consequences on Egypt’s economy.
Issue 2: The Question of Minorities in Egypt
Since the early 1900s, the persecution of minorities in Egypt, such as Christians, was quite popular. During the Revolution, however, one was able to see how united both sectors were against the main enemy, which was the old regime. However, after the January 25th Revolution, there was an increase in racism towards Christian, which lead in April to a bitter clash between the two main religious sectors in Egypt (Muslims and Christians). Yet, opinions differed and extremism against Christians began. In the past years the extremism against Christians was projected in different ways, such as the bombing of Churches and other religious sites, and the attack on Christians on the streets by Muslim extremists (Salafis). With the Muslim Brotherhood obtaining the majority of seats in the Egyptian Parliament, and the Salafis, or Muslim Extremists, close behind, Egyptian Christians are in fear of a religious Muslim state being set up. The Muslim Brotherhood has claimed that it will forbid the production of alcohol on Egyptian territory, and that any alcohol must be exported from abroad, which is to the disadvantage of numerous Christians. The greater fear, shared even with non-radical Muslim, is on Egypt’s economy, of which the main source of income is tourism. The large majority of opponents to the Muslim Brotherhood fear that Egypt might be come like Saudi Arabia.
Issue 3: The Question of Camp David Accords
Following the six-day war of 1973, President Anwar Al Sadat went to Maryland, USA in order to sign the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The Camp David Accords were the agreements between Egypt and Israel that eventually led to the peace treaty between both countries, to last for 30 years from 1978, the year it was signed. It was the first peace treaty between Israel and any of its Arab neighbors. The U.S. President Jimmy Carter held the conference, and he brokered it between the Egyptian President Mohamed Anwar Al Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. These agreements are known as the Camp David Accords due to them being held in the Presidential Retreat of Camp David in Maryland, USA. This was a peace initiative made by the Egyptian President Mohamed Anwar Al Sadat. This peace treaty created great controversy between Egypt and its Arab neighbors, which eventually resulted in the removal of Egypt from the Arab League. In modern light, the 30-year period of the Camp David Accords has ended. In connection with the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime, and the new parliament set in place, with the majority of seats to the Muslime Brotherhood, different solutions to the Camp David Accords have come into light. The Salafis have claimed that they do not which to renew the treaty, while the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) know the importance of this peace treaty both on a regional, and a global level.