Brotherhood seeks review of treaty with Israel

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Egyptian army chose the Berlin Wall solution rather than the example of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to end three weeks of crisis and that is going to have huge ramifications throughout the Middle East.
A relatively peaceful political transformation, that owed absolutely nothing to either terrorism or repression, has transformed the Arab world overnight and toppled one of the Middle East’s most enduring dictatorships.
Hosni Mubarak’s departure marked the end of an era and it removes one of the United States’ most trusted allies in fighting terrorism and trying to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
New linkages and a new sense of trust will have to be forged with whoever assumes Egypt’s leadership. But perhaps more importantly, U.S. support for the Egyptian demonstrators may challenge the legitimacy of other, previously untouchable, U.S. allies in the region like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
For now, while the drama in Cairo reverberates through the region, it is Israel that feels threatened by the prospect of a new, popular government in Egypt.
While Mr. Mubarak maintained a cold peace with Israel, he respected Egypt’s peace agreement and helped isolate the Gaza Strip. Those certainties may now be challenged.
“A casualty of the democratic epoch would be the Arab-Israeli peace process and the integration of Israel into the regional order,” said Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations. ”
Arab public opinion continues to reject Israel as an agent of an alien and pernicious ideology that usurped Arab lands.”
Israel said it hoped Mr. Mubarak’s resignation would bring no change to its peaceful relations with Cairo.
“It’s too early to foresee how [the resignation] will affect things,” a senior Israeli official said.
“We hope that the change to democracy in Egypt will happen without violence and that the peace accord will remain,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from Israeli leaders at the start of the Jewish sabbath. LINK HERE

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