Morsi’s Egypt Eyes Nukes

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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There are certain obvious parallels between the 1979 rise of the ayatollahs’ regime in Iran and the 2012 rise of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt. In both cases, the political takeover was enabled by a Democratic U.S. president who had some degree of sympathy for it. In both cases, a moderate U.S. ally—Reza Shah Pahlavi and Hosni Mubarak respectively—was abandoned in favor of the radicals.

In Iran’s case, it took another ten years for intensive work to begin on building a nuclear-weapons capability. It then took another two decades for the West even to impose sanctions that seriously affect Iran’s economy. In recent days, of course, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been emphatically warning that this is not enough and there is a real danger of allowing Iran to sprint the final distance to a nuclear breakout capability.

Dr. Shaul Shay, former deputy head of Israel’s National Security Council and a research associate at the BESA Center of Bar-Ilan University, now warns that there is a danger as well of President Mohamed Morsi’s Egypt going down a similar path.

While noting that Egypt has no nuclear energy program at present, Shay points out that this “may be changing.” As Morsi said while visiting China at the end of last month: “Cairo is considering renewing the Egyptian nuclear program, which will be purely for civilian purposes, to provide clean energy to the citizens of Egypt.” During the visit, Shay notes, Morsi “requested $3 billion from the Chinese to build ‘power plants.’”

It turns out that already in July 2012—Morsi having taken office on June 30—Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy was calling to restart the country’s nuclear program. The ministry said Egypt’s increasing demand for electricity could no longer be met otherwise, and proposed having four nuclear power plants online by 2025, with the first one becoming operational in 2019. Although Morsi has not yet finally and officially declared himself in favor, Canadian, Chinese, French, Russian, South Korean, and U.S. firms have already shown interest in bidding for these plants.

Of course, calls for nuclear plants to meet Egypt’s civilian energy needs may sound innocuous enough. The trouble is that Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood has already, for years, been openly speaking of nuclear facilities of a different kind.

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  • Stephan

    Can't the geniuses use Stuxnet?

  • Schlomotion

    This is plain and simple. Mr. Hornik doesn't want Egypt to have a nuclear deterrent to Israel's nuclear arsenal. A dispassionate person on the other side of the world who has no vested interest in either side of this local problem would just look at it say, yes, they should have a nuclear deterrent. I recommend Mr, Hornik read "Why Iran Should Get The Bomb" by Kenneth Waltz and understand how people unbiased toward Netanyahu's desires think:
    http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137731/ken

    • Omar

      Schlomotion, the difference is that Israel is a tolerant, democratic country which has tried to make peace with its neighbors for a long time. Israel has never threatened its neighbors with destruction. Israel's enemies have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. Tat's the difference. Learn real history and news instead of leftist/Islamist propaganda.

      • Schlomotion

        Stop. You're making me laugh.

        • Omar

          How am I making you laugh? I'm talking about the truth about the Middle East conflict. The truth is that Israel wants peace and democracy while its enemies want aggression and totalitarianism. That's the reality.

        • Pontotoc Bill

          Schlomo, why laugh at the truth? Is it because you desire the lies of the Muslim Brotherhood?

    • Ghostwriter

      I agree with Omar,Schlomind. Since when has Israel ever threatened to wipe it's neighbors off the face of the earth like the Muslims do every single day? Tell me that,Schlockmoron.

    • DAVID J FEIGER

      Not all states hold similar values, morals, political philosophies and ambitions. Israel is a democratic, peace loving Liberal Western state that has never threatened it's neighbors with annihilation. During the darkest hours of the 73 war of externination by Egypt and Syria Israel never threatened to use it's supposed nukes. In exchange for peace she returned to Egypt all of the Sinai for a piece of paper. Israel's population is 6,000,000 on 8,000 sq mi. Egypt has a population of 90,000,000 on 790,000 sq mi. If Iran gets the bomb Israel is not it's #1 target. We are!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Mecca sure is a pretty city.

      It would be a real shame if it became necessary to drop a nuke on it – in retaliation.

  • oldtimer

    Pull all aid to Egypt and all muslim countries..Why, especially now that our "leaders" cut our defenses, should the US taxpayers fund their armies and arsenals. Like the Beatles' song….Money can't buy me love….It's far beyond hate they have for US and other western countries.

  • Raymond Stock

    A very important subject, that I'm glad is catching on. Though he doesn't mention it, Dr. Shay's article is drawn largely from my own piece on this subject, "Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood Bomb" published by the Gatestone Institute on September 7, 2012, republished by the Middle East Forum on September 10. Here is the link: http://www.meforum.org/3335/egypt-muslim-brotherh….

  • Toe

    Isn't it time the West stopped paying jiysra (or whatever it is called) tax to the Moslems? And get of your knees, too (Obama). Find an alternative to oil and watch the Arab World implode. Oil is their one and only bargaining chip.

    The so-called Arab Spring isn't worth a heat-crazed camel at a diarrhoea festival.

  • Stuart Parsons

    Schlomotion's ability to present reasoned argument is non-existent. He appears to have an oversized millstone of unreasoned predjudice around his neck. I have visions of him looking in a mirror shouting Allahu Akbar at himself. But one has to admit he has stamina.

    • Dr. John

      He's reaching out for help. He likes hearing the voice of reason from the other talkbackers. He has a subconscious wish to be saved from his pathology.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Egypt can be destroyed with conventional weapons.

    Just bomb the Aswan dam.

    Game over for Egypt.

  • Sunbeam

    I believe the United States must stop depending its oil from the Middle East. Instead, it should look for other alternative rather being too dependent on these countries to supply its oil.. America have every resource, skill, man power, the most advance technology the world has ever known, could produce its own energy source from other means rather than from the oil rich countries alone. If there's a will, there's a way. One must learn never to be too dependent. If you are, you'll be subjected to its dictate.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Obama plans to keep the US dependent on ME oil. That's why he nixed the Keystone pipeline from Canada and prevents the US from developing oil shale sources.

  • Eleonore

    Our relationship with the arab and muslim world is a conundrum. On the one hand we continue to buy their oil. On the other hand we are ready to jump down their throats for their acts of violence against us all over the world. We lambast the president if he acts in any way cordial towards them. Yet there is no movement anywhere in the country to disengage from them. This would include severing diplomatic relations and telling them to take their oil and shove it. One wonders what would happen if this was to occur along with the probable adjustment in our driving and commuting habits. There would be crocodile tears as big as grapes at even the thought of such an adjustment. Yet we continue to buy their oil. Solve that one. So it goes.
    http://carbatteryprices101.org/How-To-Maintain-Ca