Tag Archives: Egypt

March 3 Blogging

• Dashiell Shapiro wants Gaza returned to Egypt. But she (gulp) hinges her argument on this point: Returning Gaza to Egyptian control could allow political and cultural influence to flow north instead of south. Specifically, a Muslim Brotherhood with relatively moderate positions necessary for competing in national elections could have a constructive influence on Hamas.

Tough Times for the Arab Lobby in Washington

Lobbying firms representing autocratic Arab regimes in Washington are having a tough time. For years, they have been one of the most formidable lobbying forces in town: the elite band of former members of Congress, former diplomats and power brokers who have helped Middle Eastern nations navigate diplomatic waters here on delicate issues like arms

Anti-Semitism and Arab Democracy: Connecting the Dots

If you want to understand Israeli concerns about where the Egyptian revolution may go, Richard Cohen’s a must-read. Instead of talking about strategic issues or superficially discussing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda, Cohen connects the dots between Nazi Germany, Palestinian nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism with today’s players. Dot no. 1: “Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of

3 Snippets You Might Have Missed

1. Egypt can undermine its peace agreement with Israel without technically breaching it. Here’s how: In addition to terminating natural gas exports, which accounted for about 40% of Israel’s supply, a future Egyptian government might halt its assistance in stemming the flood of African immigrants through Egypt into Israel or weapons into the Gaza Strip,

February 20 Links

• Just read that executive editor Amir Mizroch resigned from the JPost for health reasons. For some reason, the simple Hebrew expression, refuah shlaymah, (you should have a complete recovery) sounds more appropo than anything else I can think of in English. • I’m glad to see this Washington Post telling off Abbas for choosing

Time is Ripe for Israel to Export Democracy

The idea of Israel exporting democracy to its Arab neighbors always seemed like a far-fetched idea for this jaded blogger. But the time is ripe for David Suissa’s hopeful 22-State Solution: Israel can surely keep chasing the dream of peace with Hamas and the Palestinians, which would be wonderful if it ever happened. But if

Can the Internet Really Be Shut?

In the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak’s fall as Egypt’s dictator, Internet experts have begun to examine how the Egyptian government managed to accomplish what many thought impossible – to completely unplug the Internet across the entire country. As the protests continued to build momentum at the end of January, the Egyptian government took increasingly severe

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