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Daybreak: Islamists Set to Capture Egypt Gov’t

Plus Arab League proposes Syrian regime change, and more in the news

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The Egyptian parliament meeting this morning for the first time since Hosni Mubarak was president.(Asmma Waguih - Pool/Getty Images)

• The final results of Egypt’s parliamentary elections are out. In first place is the Muslim Brotherhood’s party, with a whopping 47 percent of the vote; the Salafist party got its own 25 percent. [WP]

• The Arab League proposed an ambitious plan for Syria that would involve President Assad stepping down in a matter of weeks, to be replaced by a national unity government. [NYT]

• The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier, made a routine trip into the Persian Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz without incident—the first to do so since Iran’s threats. [DPA/Haaretz]

• Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, (Jewish) Democrat from Arizona, will resign to focus on her recovery from being shot in the head a year ago. [NYT The Caucus]

• Jackson Diehl argues that Turkey’s Islamist, anti-Israel government has also been an important U.S. ally and represents “the new normal” for the region that can’t be wished or denounced away. [WP]

• Reports have it that the United States is considering shutting down its embassy in Damascus, in part out of security concerns. Marc Lynch hopes it can be kept open and Ambassador Robert Ford on the job. [FP The Middle East Channel]

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What a shocka!!! Tablet’s 2 favorite newspapers (Haaretz and the NYT) repeatedly assured us that there is no chance that the Brotherhood will take anywhere near a significant number of the seats in the Egyptian Parliament. Do you think that they might also be wrong about some other stuff?

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“..the Muslim Brotherhood’s party, with a whopping 47 percent of the vote; the Salafist party got its own 25 percent.”

Now how did that happen? I seem to remember about a year ago a gaggle of ostensible mid-east experts & various & sundry pontificators confidently predicting that the Muslim brotherhood would get between 20-25% of the vote (tops) and the Salafists were unknown to them. Israel was supposed to get with the program and cheer on the advent of the new, liberal Egyptian democracy.

In truth there were some long time middle east observers (Barry Rubin, for one, comes to mind) who did fear that the fall of the admittedly flawed Mubarak would ultimately produce another radical Islamist state. But they were roundly booed or ignored.

Most of these most prescient of observers were in Israel. Why would anyone, least of all Tablet, want to listen to them much less publish their very politically incorrect prognostications?

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philip mann says:

So, now we have a choice of friends in Egypt-the front-running anti _Semites,or the second place Jew-haters Life is grand.

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

And speaking of the befuddled westerners lack of understanding of the middle east, and the now current fashion that the Muslim Brotherhood is really a moderate organization that should be “engaged”, Barry Rubin’s recent column on the subject is well worth the read, assuming you are not terminally ostrichsized:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=254697

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