Those initial skeptics of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel used to say: “Peace cannot be based on one man.” The man they meant was Anwar Sadat, who, in 1977, courageously broke the Arab paradigm of “no peace, no recognition, no negotiations” with Israel.
But, he was one man. And he was assassinated by the Moslem Brotherhood for making peace with Israel. Well, peace did survive that one man. But it might not survive his successor, Hosni Mubarak. “Peace cannot be based on two men,” one might say. One might be right. We hope not, but we fear the worst.