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Egyptian Uprising

  • Age of revolutions: The day after the squares are taken

    Change is coming to the Middle East, but it’s a much slower process than we’d like to think By Yael Lavie The Middle East revolution age has begun. Its time has come. Geographically moving from Eastern Europe in historical decade intervals, every global region gets its revolutionary age. It is always an exciting time to watch if you are not a member of the region experiencing the jolts of revolt personally, rather viewing them comfortably on TV or your Ipad these days. You sip your tea, you nod your head in approval and believe in the power of people to…

  • From Madison to Cairo, the people are rising

    I can’t help but wonder - is there a connection between the Wisconsin protests and the victory in Tahrir Square? It seems that no matter where you look these days, people are starting to stand for their rights. Here in the Mideast, the region is changing right before our eyes, at a pace that none of us could ever have dreamed. The past week has also seen some of the largest protests in America since the Vietnam war, and they’re taking place in Madison, Wisconsin. The middle and working class of the state are standing by the unions and have…

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  • The Egyptian revolution (as seen from a hotel room in Eilat)

    A simple weekend vacation in the south had some more meaning as the region was changing around us The magic of it all I happened to be in Eilat this weekend for a deserved rest as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was spending his last hours in Cairo. I was watching Fox News (that’s all they had - what can I do?) as the reporter suddenly heard the crowd at Tahrir square begin to roar. The roar was getting louder and louder, and nobody could figure out what was going on. Only a few minutes later, it was understood that the…

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  • Democracy, Islam and Israel: What's next for Egypt and the region?

    The prospects for democracy in Egypt will be affected by regional developments, and will also affect them in turn. While important elements in Egyptian society have been virtually ignored, Islamists' role has been greatly exaggerated in Western discourse, and nowhere more so than in Israel. Arab regimes that are more responsive to their peoples' voices may force Israel to change its policies, but that will ultimately benefit the country's own interests. It is hard to fully articulate the magnitude of yesterday's events in Egypt. The success of massive popular protests in removing Mubarak from power is an amazing development, which…

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  • In love with the Egyptian people

    This moment is so strange. I'm sitting here weeping at news I haven't even thoroughly read yet. There's no way to treat it rationally, at least not right now. Later will come the time for that. For now, let's rejoice. Let's be amazed at the fact that people can topple the dictatorial regime to which they were subjected. Let's be shocked at how difficult that was. Let's be awed by how they dealt with this difficulty, by how stubburn and united they have been over the past 18 days. I'll make no secret of it. I'm in love with the…

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  • Izzie in HolyLand - Part 18: Egyptian revolution raises tough issues

    As Izzie watches events unfold in Cairo, it begins to dawn on her just how precarious this new situation is Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Ruth: Yes, Ms. HolyLand? Izzie: Ruth, get me all seven kitchen cabinet ministers in here. Pronto! Ruth: Yes, Ms. HolyLand, right away. In walk Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor and Minister of Nothing Benny Begin. Izzie: I want to thank you all for coming on such short notice. But I’d like to talk to you about something…

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  • Can Israel survive only in a dictatorial Middle East?

    The revelation of Israel's attempt to strengthen Mubarak's regime evokes a powerful parable. One work of art that strongly affected my world view as a teenager was a science fiction story: “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by American author Ursuala K. Le Guin. Omelas, its setting, was described as a city of enormous splendor, a place of ultimate prosperity and joy. There was a price for all this. In order for Omelas to remain so splendid, a child must be kept perpetually in a filthy basement. He is mentally handicapped and deeply terrified of two brooms that are…

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  • Concerns about Israel mean getting on the right side of history

    While it is impossible to predict what kind of relationship Israel might have with a post-Mubarak Egypt, it is perfectly legitimate to be concerned about possible negative ramifications. But these concerns should not be an excuse for discrediting the Egyptian protesters By Lara Friedman Today Egypt is undergoing historic, organic change led by the people of Egypt.  The Egyptian people – not led by any single party or individual – are demonstrating through their actions that the longstanding political status quo in Egypt cannot continue.  It is still unknown how these protests will end and what Egypt’s government will look…

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  • Will a revolution in Egypt also mean a “revolution in Israel’s security doctrine”?

    As Elizabeth Tsurkov compellingly describes, the protests in Egypt are mostly received in Israel with fear and indifference. The fear is not only fueled by prejudice and habits of thought, but also by good, old fashioned fear mongering. Take, for example, the following statement by an Israeli "defense official": A fundamental change of government in Egypt may lead to a “revolution in Israel’s security doctrine,” a defense official told Ynet Friday night, as protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s rule continued to intensify… The defense source said that the IDF would have to dedicate major resources in order to devote any…

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  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate could be Egypt's Mandela

    Perhaps more worrying than Egypt’s uprising itself is the lack of any definitive leader behind it.  Ayman Nour, the prominent Egyptian opposition politician and head of the El Ghad party, was reportedly injured in Friday’s protests.  But that neither slowed nor fueled the demonstrations.  However amid the flames and smoke, another figure may be emerging. Mohammad ElBaradei, the former IAEA official-turned-presidential hopeful, returned to Egypt on Thursday.  The following day he joined an unprecedented fourth day of demonstrations.  The Nobel laureate is considered a leading pro-democracy advocate.  He has called for reforms in Egypt and has urged for an end…

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  • Israelis view the street protests in Egypt with both fear and indifference

    In Israel, media coverage of the Egyptian uprising has been superficial at best. Most Israelis know little about the Arab world and are indifferent to the issues that brought Egyptians to the streets; instead, they focus on their fear that the Muslim Brotherhood, which is perceived as hostile to Israel, would fill a power vacuum left by the Mubarak regime By Elizabeth Tsurkov Most Israelis didn't see the protests in Egypt coming. The protests rocking Egypt for the past three days have left many Israeli spectators and analysts confused. If the downfall of Mubarak was supposed to mean a takeover…

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