JERUSALEM (Jan. 10)
The Egyptian government is reported to be less than enthusiastic about plans by Peace Now and Kibbutz Artzi, the kibbutz movement of Mapam, to hold a joint Arab-Israeli peace march in Cairo.
About 1,000 Israelis so far have shown interest in participating in the march, according to the organizers, who said they had originally expected to attract only a few dozen.
But chances that the march will take place are receding.
Reports from Cairo said that while the Egyptian authorities sympathize, they fear a mass march in conflict with official Israeli policy might harm rather than advance the peace process.
The Egyptians are also said to be concerned by the magnitude of the security measures that would be necessary to protect the marchers.
The Hebrew daily Yediot Achronot reported Wednesday that an alternative march could be held in El-Arish, a town in northern Sinai close to the Israeli border.