UPDATE 1-ANALYSIS-Palestinians expect a boost from new Egypt

Wed Feb 2, 2011 9:29pm GMT

* Palestinians see stronger backing in dealing with Israel

* Expect risk to Camp David treaty may focus Israeli minds

* See no risk of Islamic radicalism or war

* More positive peace bid by Israel, U.S. may be outcome

(Adds Palestinian police disperse anti-Mubarak rally)

By Mohammed Assadi and Nidal al-Mughrabi

RAMALLAH/GAZA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Palestinians are likely to benefit from a change of regime in Egypt, irrespective of whether they are in the camp of those seeking peace with Israel or those who advocate conflict, analysts say.

They believe that a more independent and assertive Egypt, reflecting popular opinion rather than U.S. policy, will create pressure on Israel and Washington to make the compromises necessary for a long-overdue Middle East peace treaty.

Whether they live in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where Palestinian leaders want a treaty with Israel giving them an independent state, or in the blockaded Gaza Strip, whose leaders reject the Zionist state, Israel is the dominant factor overshadowing Palestinian lives.   Continued...

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