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  •  Here's hoping, but how is Egypt helping with this? (5+ / 0-)
    "President Mohamed Morsi announced that the farce of Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip will end on Tuesday," MENA said
    Senior Egyptian officials told Haaretz that the sides are very close, but that some more flexibility is needed from the Israeli side.
    I am all for Egpyt being the broker of peace here.  It gives the Muslim Brotherhood a chance to appear peaceful to the world, and gain stature as a peaceful Muslim power.  That's all great.

    But acting as the negotiator of peace while knocking that hard only one of the guys at the table seems counterproductive.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:50:48 AM PST

    •  Turkey and Egypt are the traditional (2+ / 0-)
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      bluedust, corvo

      regional brokers here.  The US has a problem of not having clean hands in being an impartial mediator in this affair

      •  heh (2+ / 0-)
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        volleyboy1, lostboyjim

        Egypt and Turkey have clean hands there? They are extremely anti-Israel right now, and have declared solidarity with Hamas. That's what you call a regional broker while knocking US?

        That's a joke.

        •  Mubarak was anti-Israel? (1+ / 0-)
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          After all, the new Egyptian leadership barely has a track record.  As far as Turkey, I would suggest Turkey has shown restraint in the past in dealing with the Israelis. At least you are not going to suggest Egypt and Turkey are supplying Hamas with cluster bombs are you?

        •  Turkey's "anti-Israel" position (0+ / 0-)

          is all bluster.  As a NATO member and an aspiring EU member, Turkey wouldn't dare do anything seriously anti-Israel; you'll note that its behavior after the Mavi Marmara incident was so much hot air.

    •  It's just rhetoric for the crowd (3+ / 0-)
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      Spit, bluedust, Hey338Too

      Morsi has a balancing act to play so that he can keep U.S. Aid... NOT have to abrogate the peace treaty AND keep himself and his party in Power.

      If he can broker peace and his actions don't match his rhetoric I have less of a problem with him. But I do see your concern.

      "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

      by volleyboy1 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:57:49 AM PST

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