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A revolt that threatens the US and Israel

by Judith Orr in Cairo
Issue No. 2237

The Egyptian revolution is Israel’s and the US’s worst nightmare. The US wants a “smooth” transition to another government that will do its bidding.

Egypt’s army controls the Rafah Crossing into Gaza. The US backs the close links between Egypt and Israel.

Israel is panicked by US calls for reform.

One senior Israeli official said, “The Americans and the Europeans are being pulled along by public opinion and aren’t considering their genuine interests.

“Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mubarak, and this will have very serious implications.”

The US gives $1.5 billion in “aid” to Egypt every year—most of it goes on weapons.

The teargas canisters being thrown at protesters are marked: “Made in USA”.

Yet there is a big debate on every street corner about the role of the West. Some say Obama should help the revolution—others say that’s impossible.

Noor, in Cairo, said, “Mubarak is a big friend of America. So we have to do this without help from anyone.”

His friend Muhammad disagreed, asking, “Where is America? We need their help.”

But they are united on wanting rid of the dictator.

I ask if they are exhausted after sleeping for two nights in the square. “No, we can stay here for 100 years,” said Noor.

“It’s for our future and our children.”

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