Friday, January 28, 2011

Israeli Cabinet Minister: No Democracy for Arabs Right Now

Events in Egypt are moving fast. U.S. and Israeli officials are trying to keep up. 

Only yesterday, State Department spokesman PJ Crowley  said that while the U.S. welcomed the Tunisian democratic uprising, Mubarak should be allowed to remain in power because of  the Egyptian peace treaty with Israel. The New York Times picked up the administration's line in its reporting today.
By this afternoon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was already calling on the Egyptian government to refrain from violence and introduce reforms. 

Early this morning, an unnamed Israeli cabinet minister proclaimed:
"I'm not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process."
By the evening Prime Minister Netanyahu had instructed his government minsters and officials to stay mum on the subject of Egypt.

Will the Egyptian protesters forget that Mubarak's security police fired US-made tear gas canisters at them? (h/t Phil Weiss at

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