#1 Israel rallies to support of Egyptian regime01-31-2011, 01:06 PM
Israel has rallied to the support of President Hosni Mubarak by allowing Egyptian troops into the Sinai peninsula for the first time since a peace deal was signed in 1979.
The concession came as it emerged that Israel had privately urged Western governments to end their criticism of Mr Mubarak as he struggles to quell a popular uprising against him.
The United States and its allies were initially supportive of the Egyptian leader, but have signalled a shift in allegiance to his critics as the protests have gathered pace.
Israel, however, has shown fewer qualms about backing Egypt's president of 30 years, fearing his overthrow could presage the rise of an Islamist regime and the end of one of the Jewish state's most important strategic alliances.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has instructed ministers to make no public comment on events in Egypt. But his ambassadors abroad were instructed to plead with the governments of major powers to be more supportive of Mr Mubarak. Mr Netanyahu on Monday said he was following events in Egypt with “vigilance and worry” and that he feared the country could be led by a radical Islamic regime like that in Iran.
The decision to allow two Egyptian battalions to deploy against protesters in Sinai, which has been demilitarised since Israel’s withdrawal from the territory after the Camp David accords of 1978, is a reflection of Mr Netanyahu’s mounting concern.
Full story at Daily Telegraph
Very worrying situation. Looks like Israel is the only nation that fully understands what might happen post Mubarak.
Last edited by bijou; 01-31-2011 at 01:30 PM.20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
01-31-2011, 01:09 PM
I am not sure having Israel publicly on your side helps you as a Arab leader.
01-31-2011, 01:12 PM
Given that some of those people are whackjob fundementalists, and given that Mubarak has done a good job keeping them locked up until the last week or so, support from any country is probably welcome, even Israel.20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
01-31-2011, 01:32 PM
Given that some of those people are whackjob fundementalists, and given that Mubarak has done a good job keeping them locked up until the last week or so, support from any country is probably welcome, even Israel.
01-31-2011, 01:59 PM
01-31-2011, 02:07 PM
Unfortunately, after a crisis that shuffles the political paradigm, countries tend to embrace fascist or fascist-esque movements such as religious fundamentalism if they do not have a strong organized leftist voice as well as a strong liberal voice.
This means educated socialists and educated liberal secular capitalists.
Without these, it is very likely that in a relatively short period of time fascists will rise to power using anti-immigrant, nationalistic, and "back to the roots" rhetoric.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
01-31-2011, 02:12 PM
When I say leftist I don't mean "anyone who doesn't watch Bill O' Reilly or drive a John Deere to work", i'm talking about actual organized educated socialistsOriginally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
01-31-2011, 02:20 PM
America's support for the current regime as well as Israels displays something interesting about today's politics.
Clearly, those in power support stability in the region far more than they do democracy or freedom or rights for the people who live there.
However, today they are overt about it. We can support what is clearly an undemocratic, oppressive regime, without having to justify it with anything more than "it is better for our own interests".
In the days of the Cold War, it wasn't enough to support oppression and fight the people trying to establish communism in their communities, no it wasn't enough to simply say "this is their fight, but it is in our best interests to take the wrong side". No, in the Cold War, it was necessary to convince everyone that it wasn't just that they could be a threat to us, but that their very movement, the very idea of their form of freedom was a threat to us.
It wasn't just that "this is best for our interests", but an even stronger "this is what is Right".
This would be like saying today that we and Israel support the current Egypt regime because the people are wrong and their ideas are bad.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
01-31-2011, 02:41 PM
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