Egypt

Amid Unrest, Rethinking the $1.3 Billion in Annual U.S. Aid to Egypt

02/07/2011 - 19:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The consensus on U.S. assistance to Egypt is that it has delivered bang for its buck: The $1.3 billion in annual defense aid has stabilized a key ally and strengthened America's profile in the Middle East.

But in the wake of massive unrest that could unseat Egypt’s autocratic leader, the question now emerging is whether sustaining the aid to the current regime would advance a democratic agenda or squelch it -- or whether that should be an American concern at all.

Embrace Brotherhood, But Beware Of The Brotherhood

02/07/2011 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Show a Jew a silver lining, the old saying goes, and he looks for the cloud.

Or, more immediately, show Israelis scenes of Cairo, where tens of thousands are protesting each day for their freedom and human rights, and rather than exalt, Jerusalem worries that the result will be not be a new age of democracy next door but a takeover by radical Islamists determined to end Egypt’s peace treaty with the Jewish state, and worse.

Gary Rosenblatt

Egypt: an impossible situation of our own making?

 Watching the chaos in Egypt and the confusion at the White House, it seems to me that decades of shortsighted U.S. policy – touting democracy while propping up undemocratic strongmen like Hosni Mubarak, and somehow believing nobody is noticing the gap between our words and deeds - have left policymakers here in an impossible situation.

If we press for the immediate departure of Mubarak, we create a vacuum which forces we fear – not without reason – may effectively exploit.

WikiLeaks: Israel Has Preferred Suleiman in Egypt

02/07/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has long preferred current Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman as the successor to President Hosni Mubarak, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.

A senior adviser from Israel's Ministry of Defense told U.S. diplomats in Tel Aviv in August 2008 that Suleiman was viewed as the most likely interim president if Mubarak died or was incapacitated.

Concern Rising Along Israel-Egypt Border

02/06/2011 - 19:00
JTA

BE’ER MILKA, Israel (JTA) -- Driving along the Israel-Egypt border near this southern Israeli town, rusted metal posts strung with barbed wire give way to sand dunes and an exposed, open border as wide open as the question of what will become of the countries' relations now that Egypt is in turmoil.

During a break between border patrols, which have been stepped up since the recent protests in Egypt began, a few Israeli soldiers climbing into a Hummer say they have been told to be on alert for possible trouble.

Egyptian Natural Gas Supplies to Israel Cut Off After Explosion

02/05/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Natural gas supplies to Israel have been cut off after an explosion in an Egyptian gas line in the Sinai Peninsula.

It is unclear whether Saturday's explosion was caused by a gas leak or by sabotage. The head of Egypt's natural gas company said the explosion was caused by a gas leak; Egyptian state television said the explosion was a result of sabotage. A security official said the blast was caused by an explosive charge detonated inside the terminal, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Gas supply was also cut off to Jordan, according to reports.

Egypt: Miller on Israel's fear of Arab democracy, Kristol blasts Beck and more

 With questions about exactly how and when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will leave the scene and who will replace him still up in the air, today's papers and blogs are full of interesting writing on the subject.

Muslim Brotherhood Threatens to Cancel Peace with Israel

02/03/2011 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said any post-Mubarak government should dissolve its peace treaty with Israel.

"After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel," Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of the movement, told a Japanese television station, according to a report in The Washington Times.

After the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israel's priority should be:

Mubarak Supporters Target Journalists as 'Jews'

02/03/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Pro-Egyptian government counter-protesters in Cairo are screaming "Jew!" at foreign journalists, apparently spurred by Egyptian state TV accusations that Israeli spies are behind the protests.

"Egyptian state television has actively tried to foment the unrest by reporting that 'Israeli spies' on the unrest have infiltrated the city, which explains why many of the gangs who attack reporters shout 'yehudi!,' " Al Jazeera said in a report on its website Thursday.

The report documented increasing attacks on foreign journalists.

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