‘Old’ Middle East Resurfacing in Cairo

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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Some believe that, even when the Islamists take over as appears all but inevitable, Egypt’s dire economic straits will force it to uphold its peace treaty with Israel so as to keep the aid spigots—particularly those of the multibillion-dollar U.S. aid—turned on. But another view, voiced by a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, is that when

the radical elements in Egypt are sitting strong in government, they will remove the “abomination”…of the Israeli flag in central Cairo…. They will be willing to pay the economic price of (rupturing) relations with Israel and the United States to promote their ideological, political, Islamist agenda—as occurs in other places like Iran.

Among the skeptics is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Against the background of the turmoil in Cairo, he told the Knesset on Wednesday:

In February of this year, I stood on this stage as millions of people flocked to the streets in Cairo. Commentators and even some friends of mine here from the opposition explained to me then that we are entering a new era of liberalism and progress that will sweep away the old world order….

When I said, despite all hopes, that it is more likely that an Islamist, anti-West, anti-liberal, anti-Israel, and anti-democratic wave will come instead, they told me I am trying to scare the public, that we are on the wrong side of history, that I do not understand the direction in which things are heading.

Things are heading somewhere, but they are going backwards, not forwards….

Israel is reacting accordingly, both building a fence along the increasingly lawless, terror-infested Sinai—nominally part of Egypt—and beefing up its forces there. The lessons—that “peace treaties” are fragile entities in the Middle East, that lands given up for “peace” become bases for terror, that Israel’s real value to the West lies in being an island of stability and progress instead of a fawning supplicant for “peace”—are not lost on most Israelis.

At an academic conference in Israel on Wednesday, Efraim Karsh said it well:

Islam remains the strongest identity framework in Egyptian society in particular, and in Arab society generally. The Arab national dictatorships that were layered over this basic Islamic identity for the past 80 years were but a thin veneer of repression. With the fall of these dictatorships, what remains is the core Islamic underpinnings of society, and these will now come to the fore. Consequently, no democratic structures, processes or values are likely to emerge in the Arab world for many generations.

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  • WildJew

    Barack Hussein Obama, Allahu Akbar!

    • kafir

      Hey! Don't be calling our President "Hussein"! They don't like that! Only the campaigner in chief and Supreme Court justices can use that name. Drop the H, be respectful, and refer to him as BO, or Stinky for short.
      Oh, and that's allahu snackbar, where for Black Friday you can get Aisha brand pork rinds, buy one get one free!

    • Asher

      ~He is the Dark, Sardonic, and Forboding man who has caused great Devesdation~

  • Asher

    How awful for the people of Egypt who wanted peace and bought into this Arab spring-Change of Regime for Democracy Crap…..This is about Radical Change over to a Radical group of Islamists who are not going to bring peace and Democracy for the People. Thank the Puppet masters Soros and his Money and Obama and his Deceit!

  • jacob

    With their "ARAB SPRING" what these people did was to jump off the frying pan
    and into the fire which is what a MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD regime means…
    Ask the IRANIAN people who exchanged the SHAH's regime (who at least did
    care for advancing his country into the 20th century, proven by the thousands
    he sent to higher education everywhere in the world) how are they faring under
    the ALLAH U AKBAR yoke they placed upon themselves by ousting the SHAH
    and which they won't be able to shake off unless they get rid of ALL Islamic clergy….
    The Lybian new "leader" swore the country will be ruled by SHAARIA LAW and in
    EGYPT, if the military hesitates to crush this attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood,
    which is what all this unrest is driving at, better to keep in mind what happened
    to the Turkish military under ERDOGAN's Islamists….

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The lessons—that “peace treaties” are fragile entities in the Middle East, that lands given up for “peace” become bases for terror, that Israel’s real value to the West lies in being an island of stability and progress instead of a fawning supplicant for “peace”—are not lost on most Israelis.

    Actually, peace treaties (Hudnas) between Muslims and non-Muslim unbelievers are useless and intended to last just long enough until the conditions are ripe for the next resumption of the permanent and perpetual jihad.

    Islam remains the strongest identity framework in Egyptian society in particular, and in Arab society generally. The Arab national dictatorships that were layered over this basic Islamic identity for the past 80 years were but a thin veneer of repression. With the fall of these dictatorships, what remains is the core Islamic underpinnings of society, and these will now come to the fore. Consequently, no democratic structures, processes or values are likely to emerge in the Arab world for many generations.

    Islam underpins everything that occurs not only in the Arab world, but also throughout the Islamic world as well. Indeed, it is the sole motivating factor behind the jihad of conquest currently being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel. However, you would never know it as the news media and even Israel supporters avoid the issue like the plague, which is a very tragic mistake that allows Muslim taqiyya to prevail over truth in the court of public opinion.

    With respect to secular and liberal Western-style democracy emerging in the Islamic world via the so-called misnamed Arab Spring, that prospect is impossible for two reasons: First, the freedoms and liberties embodied in secular and liberal Western-style democracy leaves the door wide open for its inevitable demise. Second, because Islam will not tolerate any other form of governance other than that provided by divine Islamic Sharia law.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Excellent post …

  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    The poor and misguided people of Egypt have been encouraged by their religious leaders to multiply to 87 million inhabitants.They have been enjoined by the same leaders to resist modern education and have been inspired by the same leaders with a deadly and debilitating hatred towards Jews and Israel as their sole preoccupation. Who can help a people who has been immobilized by such an indoctrination?

    • Blaze Pascal

      It must be a festering hell hole by now. What a miserable place to be.

      • StephenD

        Wait until they are literally starving in the streets. The ones that bring the food will be the ones that win their hearts in their so called "free elections." You can thank Hillary for saying she looks forward to working with the M.B. which translates into US Tax Dollars going to buy votes for them as they will end up the ones distributing the food.

  • BS77

    I ll bet lots of Egyptians now miss the peace and prosperity during Mubarak's long term…yes, there was corruption……but the nation was not in a chaos of anarchy and mass rioting as it is now.

    • aspacia

      Not only corruption, but torture and assassinations. Whole families vanished.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Whole families…….whole villages will be on the block when the Brotherhood
        manifests itself in power…………………….William

  • Philosopher

    Egypt does not grow enough food to feed itself and its violence has shut down the tourist industry and ended the income it received from Israel for gas. Now they not only don't have enough food, they will completely run out of money by the end of the year. Let's see how the Muslim Brotherhood enlists Allah's help in that situation.

    Riots will end but only because the would-be rioters are too weak from hunger to throw tantrums.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Caliphate in the making yes but behind the scenes who knows who is working,
    in Egypt be sure the Russians under Putin have plans. The picture is not clear
    just who will be king maker which would be Pharaoh in Egypt but Obama may
    be looking for a new job next year and could be feathering his nest…………William