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Israel mourns the fall of dictators like Egypt's Mubarak

Issue No. 2291

Israel did not share the worldwide celebration of the fall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Its media praised a “courageous” leader and wrung their hands at how “harshly” he was treated.

One Israeli official said, “When some people in the West see what’s happening in Egypt, they see Europe 1989. We see it as Tehran 1979.”

In other words, this should not be compared to the fall of Stalinism, but the rise of Iran’s religious regime. The subtext was that Arabs can’t be trusted with democracy.

The truth is that Israel is petrified of ordinary Arabs having a say. That is why it would rather see Bashar al-Assad remain in power in Syria. Israeli officials have been in the US lobbying for Assad to stay, it was reported last week.

This fear of the Arab majority lies at the heart of Zionism.

The Arab revolutions have also exposed Western hypocrisy and cynicism over Palestine. The US and Britain continue to arm and fund Israel and provide political cover for its crimes against the Palestinians.

Last February US president Barack Obama vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlements.

In Britain, justice minister Kenneth Clarke has changed the law so that Israeli officials are exempt from being arrested for war crimes.

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