From: Inside Story

Egyptian-Israeli relations

Inside Story asks if relations between the two countries will ever truly be normalised.

Three decades after a peace treaty was signed between Egypt and Israel, Egypt’s supreme court has upheld a ruling that strips Egyptian men married to Jewish Israeli women of their Egyptian citizenship.

The largest Arab country, Egypt was the first to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

But that treaty has had consequences that Egyptians are still struggling to deal with.

Inside Story looks at what this ruling means for Egyptian men married to Israeli women and their children and asks if there will ever really be normal relations between the two countries.

Joining the show are: Alaa Shalabi, the deputy head of the Arab organisation for human rights; Mohamed Dahleh, an Arab-Israeli civil rights lawyer; and Hassan Issa, the former director of the Israel department at the Egyptian foreign ministry.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Sunday, June 6, 2010.