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Israel worried about the future of Egypt

Egypt has been, since 1979, the most important Arab ally of Israel.  The peace deal has been critical to Israeli security, and some would argue key for the Israeli economy as well.  This Al Jazeera article explains the present anxiety that Israel feels towards the political upheaval in Egypt.  They want desperately for the peace deal to hold with whoever emerges as the Egyptian leadership.  Fortunately for Israel the Muslim Brotherhood has not yet begun to take a leadership role in protests.   Thus far, Israel has backed Mubarak.  The United States had, but appears to be switching its stance, hoping to save face with whomever comes to power.  One wonders if Israel ought to adopt the same strategy, rather than being seen as Mubarak’s last supporter in the eyes of the eventual new leadership of Egypt.  From the article:

Israel’s primary concern is that the uprising could be commandeered by Egypt’s strongest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and its allies, who would presumably move Egypt away from its alignment with the West and possibly cancel the peace agreement with Israel.

“[…] Israelis, have been overtaken by fear: The fear of democracy. Not here, in neighbouring countries,” Sever Plocker, an Israeli commentator, writes in the daily Yediot Ahronot.

“Its as though we never prayed for our Arab neighbours to become liberal democracies,” Plocker writes.


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