Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu likened the situation in Egypt to that of Iran, making the menacing prediction that a post-Mubarak Egypt could join other “repressive regimes of radical Islam.” The sentiment has been widespread in the Israeli press – and roundly dismissed by prominent American Jewish neoconservatives, who do not see a takeover of the Egyptian government by the Muslim Brotherhood as inevitable . . .
On Wednesday, Netanyahu seemed to shift his stance somewhat, saying that a more open democracy in Egypt should not be seen as a threat to Israel.
Here’s an example of US lawmakers and thinkers like Elliott Abrams, William Kristol, Rick Santorum and Sen. John McCain causing a shift in Israeli policy. The Walt/Mearsheimer crowd will be happy to know that US views can prevail over Israel too. That’s the nature of open dialogue among allies.