The Promised Land stretches from the Nile to the Euphrates. The boundary is neither arbitrary nor unrealizable, but the only reasonable and sustainable one.

Egypt never controlled the Sinai, except for the narrow coastal area, and cannot claim the land by any historical or nationalist standards. Egypt itself was continuously under foreign occupation from Pharaonic times until the twentieth century. Egypt tolerated land losses: look at its straight, arbitrary borders. Egypt conceded the Negev to Israel. Why not expect them to concede the Sinai?

Arabs are so-so fighters and pragmatic politicians. Unlike Europeans, they do not perpetuate wars of honor. Egypt could save face by declaring the Sinai non-essential desert like the Negev and acquiesce to Israeli annexation. Egyptians will respect a strong expansionist Israel more than a weakling that gives away land for paper treaties. Current Israeli weakness provokes vengeful attitudes toward her in Egyptian society; the Egyptians want revenge for past injuries. A wtrong Israel has a better chance at lasting peace with Egypt.

Sinai serves as a demilitarized buffer zone now. So was the Rhineland after WWI. No country paid attention to French screams when Germany marched back into the Rhineland. After all, it was German territory. A similar outcome is assured for Sinai. Egypt re-militarized it in 1967 to no more than verbal opposition from the international community. In Egyptian hands, Sinai is a beachhead for attacking Israel. Sinai’s depth of defense saved Israel in 1973. Sinai has oil and uranium deposits. What other reasons do we need to take it back?