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  •  In Israel's wet dreams, (0+ / 0-)

    for sure.

    First defeat, then deceit, then you're totally in denial (old Egyptian proverb)

    by Ptah the Great on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 10:55:58 PM PDT

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    •  Uh? (2+ / 0-)
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      What does Israel have to do with this?

    •  And why in the world would you think (2+ / 0-)
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      that Israel would prefer that the liberals lose in Egypt?

      Do you actually believe that Israelis would prefer to see a repressive Islamic regime take hold?

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      by hikerbiker on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 10:48:02 PM PDT

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      •  Simple (0+ / 0-)

        One of Israel's overriding ambitions is to cement its control of the West Bank (I'm talking about the right-wing politicians who now control the government). It has shown itself perfectly willing to take huge risks to its international standing and its own economic well being to accomplish this.

        A strong, democratic Egypt would present a major obstacle. Israel would lose its standing of being the sole democracy in the Middle East. Clever Egyptian strategists would likely rise to policy-making positions that would allow them to make all sorts of mischief within the limits of Camp David to make the settlement policies more costly and the Gaza siege unsustainable.

        An Islamist government, on the other hand, would let Israel have a diplomatic field day pointing out the horrors of its neighbor. Plus a repressive regime would wipe out tourism and foreign investment, thus crippling the Egyptian economy for years.

        We can argue over the degree that Israeli officialdom embraces this Machiavellian thinking, but I think it's indisputable that it is there.

        First defeat, then deceit, then you're totally in denial (old Egyptian proverb)

        by Ptah the Great on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 06:43:48 AM PDT

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