Israeli soldiers stand at an army checkpoint in the Eilat Mountains near an Egyptian military post on their side of the border on March 26, 2009 in southern Israel. Israel commemorates its first peace treaty with an Arab state but its partner Egypt virtually ignored the 30th anniversary amid lingering opposition to the historic deal that dramatically changed the face of the Middle East. Three decades after then Israeli prime minister Menahem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s historic handshake on the White House lawn, there is little doubt the peace deal has fallen short of initial expectations. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA