Egypt

West should be clear on goals

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 17, 2011

It is too early to tell whether Egypt and Tunisia will be the harbinger of an Arab spring of democracy. Both could go the way of Eastern Europe in 1989. But they could also be a rehash of Russia in 1917, Egypt in 1952, Iraq in 1958, or Iran in 1979, when the ousting of a hated rulerin favour of a new regime was exploited by dark forces.

But as Egypt goes, so does the Arab world. Jordan, Yemen, and Bahrain are now convulsed by popular unrest; Algeria, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia could be next.

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Joy in Egypt but uncertainty elsewhere

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 17, 2011

The announcement that the Supreme Council of the armed forces was taking control in Egypt for the duration of the transition period to a new civilian government, reassured the Israeli leadership in the wake of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

Despite initial efforts to mobilise international support for the embattled president, Israeli analysts had realised, perhaps belatedly, that the Mubarak era was finally over and that Israel would do best to lower its profile while the Egyptians muddle their way, hopefully, towards some form of democracy.

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Egypt assault victim Lara Logan also faced Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

An American journalist who was sexually attacked while working in Egypt last week was allegedly also subjected to anti-Jewish chanting.

CBS news reporter Lara Logan is recovering from “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating”, the news organisation said last night.

They said: “She and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy.”

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Hall of Fame: Lindsay Lohan

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

"I pray Egypt maintains it's treaty with Israel and sets the trend for its neighbors to create peace with Israel and the entire region."

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After Egypt, Palestinian Authority cabinet reshuffle

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

The Palestinian Prime Minister has six weeks to name a new cabinet after he dissolved the existing one in what experts said was a response to anti-government uprisings in the region.

Salam Fayyad, immediately reappointed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who asked him to form a new cabinet, is expected to attempt to shore up support for Fatah in the new leadership in advance of elections planned for September.

Hamas, the terrorist organisation in control of the Gaza Strip, has already stated it will not participate in the vote.

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Egypt's presidential hopeful: treaty with Israel 'over'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2011

A senior Egyptian politician who is intending to run for president has called for Egypt to “renegotiate” its peace treaty with Israel.

Despite reassurances from the military, which took over from President Hosni Mubarak after he relinquished power on Friday, that the Camp David Accords would stand, Dr Ayman Nur said the treaty was “over”.

Dr Nur, the leader of the secular Tomorrow Party, who was jailed under Mr Mubarak’s rule, told Egyptian radio: "The role of the Camp David accords…has ended. Egypt must at least renegotiate the terms of the accord."

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So, regime change is now good

By Melanie Phillips, February 14, 2011

The reaction in Britain and America to the turmoil in Egypt has produced a number of astounding revelations.

The first is that everyone in the bien-pensant world is now apparently a neo-con. You really do have to rub your eyes very hard at this.

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Netanyahu: After Egypt, we're ready for anything

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2011

Israel is prepared for “any possibility” in the Arab world following the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning.

Describing the events of the last month in the Middle East as an “earthquake”, Mr Netanyahu stressed the importance of maintaining the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, now that President Hosni Mubarak’s regime has been toppled.

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Israeli politician: Mubarak wants 'honourable' escape

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

A former senior Israeli politician who served as an envoy to Egypt has said President Hosni Mubarak was just looking “for an honourable way out”.

Commenting after Mr Mubarak confounded international expectation by transferring some powers to his deputy but refusing to relinquish his post, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said he had spoken to the president that evening.

Mr Ben-Eliezer, a Labour politician who served as defence minister under Ariel Sharon, said: “"He knew that this was it, that this was the end of the road."

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Middle East turmoil prompts Hague to get blunt with Bibi

February 10, 2011

William Hague's dramatic intervention in the Middle East peace process this week can not easily be dismissed as spin or journalistic hype.

It is no accident that he spoke so candidly to The Times during his mission to five countries affected by the "New Arab Revolt", nor that he used such strong language.

His determination to talk tough to Israel and the Obama administration about the urgency of restarting the peace process in the light of events in Egypt marks a significant development.

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