Israeli Critics: US Must Support Mubarak

Israel’s leading newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, is reporting that while senior Israeli government officials “have been strict in maintaining a silence regarding the events in Egypt,” some are privately expressing “deep concern” at “the hypocritical abandonment” of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Today, “a number of politicians, pundits and former security officials began airing this criticism in public,” according to the paper.

In an interview with Israeli Radio, former Mossad chief Danny Yatom said the American administration “should have supported” Mubarak.

Popular Yediot Aharonot columnist Eitan Haber wrote today that US President Barack Obama threw Mubarak “to the dogs,” adding “America, which waves the banner of ‘citizens rights,’ ‘democracy,’ and ‘freedom of information,’ turned its back in a day on one of its most important allies in the Middle East.

“Obama sold Mubarak for the pot of lentils of popularity among the Egyptian masses,” Haber wrote.

In a separate article, Reuters quoted Ari Shavit, writing in the left-leaning Ha’aretz that Obama had betrayed “a moderate Egyptian president…[e]veryone grasps the message: ‘America’s word is worthless … America has lost it.'”

My guess is that these are the same cast of characters that kept feeding the world’s intelligence services the skewed and cherry-picked ‘intelligence’ about Iraq’s WMDs.

Compiled via Jerusalem Post and Reuters


2 Comments to “Israeli Critics: US Must Support Mubarak”

  1. Obama’s being blamed from the left and the right. The Egyptian people are blaming him for not speaking up against the dictatorship, and the Israelis are blaming him for not speaking up for the dictatorship. It’s a lose-lose for the US president. The US, unfortunately, has gotten into the habit of meddling in everyone’s business that when something happens, we’re expected to step in and resolve things for everyone. Sometimes we just need to step back and let others take care of their internal affairs.

  2. This has, of course, been building for decades. In 1992, the resentment of US policies I encountered on the streets of Egypt was off the charts; when I got back to the special lounge area for the upper-floor guests (i.e., elites-only) of the Grand Hyatt, I was warmly embraced.

    I completely agree with you, and feel that Obama and his team have done a pretty good job of keeping our rhetoric calibrated and our meddling to an absolute minimum (and I was pleased that John Boehner had “no criticism” of the president on Meet the Press yesterday). At the end of the day, the Egyptian people need the freedom to create their own future in a manner reflective of their unique history and culture – and on their own schedule.

    My post was written really out of concern that the Israelis too frequently promote US actions that are adverse to American interests and, more disturbing, against the tide of national histories. If events in Egypt weren’t moving so quickly, I think criticism of US non-interference would be much more widespread and open in Israel, and voiced by more prominent figures.

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts…I hope you’ll share your thoughts again!

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