After enduring the many negative consequences of the Obama-supported Arab Spring, which included the resurrection of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt is undergoing positive reformation for the first time in years.
The first step is to start teaching children -- who will comprise the country's next generation of leaders -- actual history and not a revisionist one.
For the first time ever, the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt will be taught in Egyptian schools, Army Radio reported Tuesday. According to the station, the new school textbook on Egypt's modern history includes a chapter on the Camp David agreement between the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. To its credit the textbook passages read without any discernable bias, according to Army Radio:
The peace deal is described in a matter-of-fact way, without bias or any attempt to present Israel in a negative light, the report said.
The authors of the Egyptian schoolbook, intended for the ninth grade, detail eight clauses from the agreement, which are reproduced in the book verbatim. These include phrases on Israel and Egypt“ending the state of war” and on “each side respecting the sovereignty and independence of the other side.”
The paragraphs describing the subsequent murder of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, who signed the treaty and made a historic speech at the Israeli Knesset, do not mention that he was murdered by activists who objected to the peace accord.
The authors note that Sadat and then-Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin won the Nobel Peace Prize for signing the treaty. “The reason they won was the great effort they invested in reaching peace in the Middle East,” the book says.
What's more, the textbook now downplays Hosni Mubarak's role in the Yom Kippur War, during which time he served as a commander of the country's Air Force, and also omits portions about the brief presidency of Mohammed Morsi.
According to Army Radio, the new inclusion of the peace treaty is part of an overarching change in the contents of schoolbooks for all grades announced by the Egyptian Education Ministry two years ago. Content in some 1,300 different books was changed and in some instances the changes were decisively political, said Army Radio.
Additionally, some content added to books during the short presidency of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi (2012-2013) was removed. These additions preached a return to Islamic values in line with the Brotherhood’s Islamic ideology. Morsi was deposed in 2013 by then-army chief and current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and his movement was banned.
This is a significant move by Egypt and proves that Western-efforts to derail the country's more modern trajectory in favor of an anti-Israel, pro-Islam bent, are failing. Ironically, by creating an environment in the Middle East more unstable and hostile than ever before, the Obama administration will soon see its foreign policy backfire.
As Egypt normalizes relations with the Jewish State and takes an important first step in ensuring future generations aren't weaned on anti-Semitism, and as even Gulf States are coming to rely on Israel's help in the fight against ISIS and other Islamic extremists, perhaps the tide is turning in a positive way.