Egypt, democracy and Richard Cohen

 I've read a lot of ominous words about the chaos in Egypt and the anti-Mubarak demonstrations that now look like they will end the 30-year reign of this democrat-in-name-only. But nothing comes close in grimness to Richard Cohen's column in today's Washington Post.

Israel Beefs Up Troops on Egyptian Border


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's military has increased its presence on the border with Egypt over fears that terrorists and migrants will take advantage of the unrest in Egypt to cross into Israel.

The army and Border Police also are concerned that large groups of Bedouin living in the Sinai will attempt to flee into Israel.

After Mubarak: What Now for Israel?

Special to the Jewish Week

If it is indeed true that, as the old Arab proverb goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, it leaves me no closer to understanding exactly how I am to feel about what is going on in Egypt right now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Unrest in Egypt Could Lead to Israel’s Worst Nightmare


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- For Israel, the popular uprising against the Mubarak regime raises the specter of its worst strategic nightmare: collapse of the peace treaty with Egypt, the cornerstone of its regional policy for the past three decades.

Ed Koch On The Arab Uprising

Here's Ed Koch's analysis of the situation in the Islamic world, excerpted from his e-mail.

Israel Denies Sending Riot Gear to Egypt


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has denied an Al Jazeera report that Egypt had requested Israel to send riot-dispersal gear and that two airplanes had landed in Cairo with the equipment.

Israel's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied both that Egypt had made the request and that Israel had sent the equipment.

Some 250,000 protesters gathered Monday in Tahrir Square in Cairo as Egypt entered its seventh day of protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

Hoenlein: ElBaradei a ‘Stooge’ for Iran


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The director of the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella called Mohammed ElBaradei, the opposition leader emerging from the Egyptian ferment, a "stooge of Iran."

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Lose-lose politics and policy on Egypt

 I have some sympathy for an Obama administration that seems paralyzed by indecision as Egyptians rise up in the streets against their corrupt, repressive regime; President Obama is paying the long-deferred price for decades of hypocritical policy.

But this administration is no more innocent than its predecessors; it, too, chose to proclaim the authoritarian Hosni Mubarak a critical ally in the Middle East, and mostly swallow concerns about his anti-democratic nature and his sorry human rights record in the interests of foreign policy realism.

Thinking About Egypt

Here's an interesting editorial in the Sun on how Ariel Sharon, several years ago, analyzed Egypt and Mubarak.

Obama Administration: Egypt Events of "Deep Concern"


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Events in Egypt are of "deep concern," the Obama administration said, and its government should show restraint.

"Events unfolding in Egypt are of deep concern," P.J. Crowley, the state department spokesman, said Friday through the Twitter social network. "Fundamental rights must be respected, violence avoided and open communications allowed."

Video posted on the Internet has depicted indiscriminate Egyptian police violence against protesters, and authorities have shut down much Internet access.

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