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Daybreak: Egypt Prompts Israeli Retreat

Plus violence continues, Mubarak’s supporters, and more in the news

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The Egyptian protests, day 10.(Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

• As Aaron David Miller predicted two days ago, following the unrest in Cairo Israel has retreated even further away from the prospect of Palestinian peace talks. [NYT]

• More violent clashes in Cairo left at least five dead and hundreds wounded. [NYT]

• Jordan’s King Abdullah II meets today with opposition Islamists for the first time in nearly ten years to hear out their grievances. [WSJ]

• It is undeniable that President Hosni Mubarak retains a broad base of support, from among the rich and poor alike. [WP]

• It seems obvious, but in calling for a transition to begin “now” and condemning violence against protesters (“shocking,” Secretary of State Clinton called it), the United States is breaking with a major ally in an extremely unusual way. [NYT]

• Perhaps even more remarkably, the U.S. is recalculating its stance toward “non-secular actors” in Egypt—the Muslim Brotherhood—out of recognition that they are likely to play a role in the democratic government the U.S. seeks there. [WP]

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Democracy in Egypt-that’s like dry water. Stop dreaming. Check what happened in Iran.

Neveragain says:

Arab commentators are stating in the western press that the protests could be a sign of blooming democracy. These folks are well-educated upper-class people who know no more about the Egyption lower-classes than we do.
The masses in Egypt are ill-fed and uneducated. They have been given food and medicine by the Muslim Brotherhood for decades.They are also fundamentalists that hate Israel.
When a family is starving, they do not care about democracy. They are concerned with who can give them food.
There are two possible outcomes: 1. it will be bad for the West; 2. it will be much worse than bad.

sdberger says:

Once more President Obama disses America’s allies (Israel, the Mubarak regime) and yields to America’s enemies (the Muslim Brotherhood).

Daniel says:

Right or wrong – America under Obama is not to be feared by its enemies, and cannot be trusted by its friends. So much for the return to Realpolitik we were promised.

Steve Siporin says:

It’s time to re-read Animal Farm.

I wonder what all of the liberal Jews think of their choice for President now. This situation poses a significantly increased security threat to Israel. The American Jewish Community (or at least the vast majority of it) is getting just what it voted for – a lot of rhetoric of hope and change, with little sense for what it means in the real world.

George One says:

Once more the US is dropping a friend (albeit dictatorial) and facilitating the arrival of a worse dictator who will be an enemy of the US. They did it Cuba, they did it in Egypt in 1952, they did it in Iran, they did it in Afghanistan and various other places – and now they’re doing it again in Egypt. As an Egyptian friend said to me two days ago “the Americans are helping Egypt along the road to “one man, one vote, one time” with the emphasis on the last two words. Does it surprise anyone that Hussein Obama is helping the Moslem Brotherhood? Does it surprise anyone that leaders across the world are loth to trust the US when they see the shameful way the Shah of Iran was treated and the shameful way President Mubarak is currently being treated by the US ?

dubala says:

These responses are shameful. Egypt is not Iran. The generalizations like these get states into trouble. We should not be supporting dictatorships anywhere.The military in Egypt has an incentive to keep the peace treaty…I hope this can hold until some kind of representative government is established.

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