Obama 'betrayal' of Mubarak shocks Israel

2011-02-07 11:52

Jerusalem - If Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighbourhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday.

Political commentators expressed shock at how the United States as well as its major European allies appeared to be ready to dump a staunch strategic ally of three decades, simply to conform to the current ideology of political correctness.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told ministers of the Jewish state to make no comment on the political cliffhanger in Cairo, to avoid inflaming an already explosive situation. But Israel's President Shimon Peres is not a minister.

"We always have had and still have great respect for President Mubarak," he said on Monday. He then switched to the past tense. "I don't say everything that he did was right, but he did one thing which all of us are thankful to him for: He kept the peace in the Middle East."

Newspaper columnists were far more blunt.

One comment by Aviad Pohoryles in the daily Maariv was entitled "A Bullet in the Back from Uncle Sam." It accused Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of pursuing a naive, smug, and insular diplomacy heedless of the risks.

US diplomacy 'painfully naive'

Who is advising them, he asked, "to fuel the mob raging in the streets of Egypt and to demand the head of the person who five minutes ago was the bold ally of the president ... an almost lone voice of sanity in a Middle East?"

"The politically correct diplomacy of American presidents throughout the generations ... is painfully naive."

Obama on Sunday called for an "orderly transition" to democracy in Egypt, stopping short of calling on Mubarak to step down, but signalling that his days may be numbered.

Netanyahu instructed Israeli ambassadors in a dozen key capitals over the weekend to impress on host governments that Egypt's stability is paramount, official sources said.

"Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mubarak, and this will have very serious implications," Haaretz daily quoted one official as saying.

Egypt, Israel's most powerful neighbour, was the first Arab country to make peace with the Jewish state, in 1979. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who signed the treaty, was assassinated two years later by an Egyptian fanatic.

Obama betrayal

It took another 13 years before King Hussein of Jordan broke Arab ranks to made a second peace with the Israelis. That treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated one year later, in 1995, by an Israeli fanatic.

There have been no peace treaties since. Lebanon and Syria are still technically at war with Israel. Conservative Gulf Arab regimes have failed to advance their peace ideas. A hostile Iran has greatly increased its influence in the Middle East conflict.

"The question is, do we think Obama is reliable or not," said an Israeli official, who declined to be named.

"Right now it doesn't look so. That is a question resonating across the region not just in Israel."

Writing in Haaretz, Ari Shavit said Obama had betrayed "a moderate Egyptian president who remained loyal to the United States, promoted stability and encouraged moderation".

To win popular Arab opinion, Obama was risking America's status as a superpower and reliable ally.

"Throughout Asia, Africa and South America, leaders are now looking at what is going on between Washington and Cairo. Everyone grasps the message: "America's word is worthless ... America has lost it."


  • Francois - 2011-02-07 13:16

    So human rights violations in Egypt is okay, as long as Israel is happy?

      IandI - 2011-02-09 11:53

      The USA is known for supporting dictators who are friendly to the USA. i.e. non-communists or have plenty oil or are big markets for USA products and are too powerful to fight militarily(e.g China).

  • Fazil - 2011-02-07 14:20

    Human rights in the Middle East has a better chance of bring fairness, peace and stability to the entire that manifests the will of it's people rather then that of an Imperialist outside voice that does not resonate with the majority. I thought this is what Democracy is all about.

  • ILOVEME - 2011-02-07 15:26

    viva Obama

      Dirk - 2011-02-19 10:19

      how very insightful...

  • DeonL - 2011-02-07 16:11

    The US has the past few years turned on a few "friendly" countries, this is nothing new, Obama is also not the man the world thought he would be.

      jgillow7 - 2011-02-08 14:08

      I agree with you,Obama has no balls and he speaks with a fork tongue,he still lets Israel walk over him.he is not hard on the jews for chasing killing palestinian and bull dozing there home but instead rewards them by giving them american made fighter jets and weapons...Bravo Mr Obama.

      Fikile - 2011-02-08 15:08

      YES ABSOLUTELY, like they turned on the their friend's in SA own The evil despicable apartheid regime. Egypt has a new beginning a democracy. Obama must show that he isn't isreals bitch.

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-02-07 17:49

    Why does the world still pander to the yanks. They are debt ridden nation and should shut the stuff up. Who cares what Obama thinks. He is not he one every one thought he would be. America will find out soon that he is leading them into dangerous times.

      Ozymandios - 2011-02-07 20:51

      Spot on Wgibsonsa - and being the "son" of the Bilderbergers are we at all surprised? He was grooemd years ago for this position and his actions are condoned and supported. following the Plan as it was. What amazes me is that there is no one who can be found, that ever went to university with him. Surley if you are in the class of a person who becomes the president of the USA you would remember him. Surely the Dean of that faculty of Ecconomics would remember him? Its a sort of status the Yanks love to brag about.I was in the class of Barrack ol' buddy! So is it surprise that he is behaving like he has done for the past +-3 years? Fit in to what the big boys say and you'll do OK. But don't slip up or its tickets. Ask JFK!

      Dale - 2011-02-08 08:10

      Ozymandias, you are a complete tit. You are absolutely entitled to your opinion, but you seem a little liberal with the truth. The man was president of the Harvard Law Review. His face and president's report is in the student book. He is part of a class photo. His classmates have written extensively about what they remember about him and what expectations they had. Check your facts before you mouth off.

      Blood_Doll - 2011-02-09 18:57

      Me thinks Ozy reads too many conspiracy theories...You really should lay off the Zeitgeist, bud.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-07 21:52

    If the US wants to remain relevant, it must be consistent. One cannot claim to be the champion of freedom when one has a tyrant as an ally. Credibility is lost.

  • ayubmy - 2011-02-08 09:13

    Just Like Apartheid South Africa... Your " Friends " cant protect you forever... Like dominoes falling, The walls of Apertheid in Isreal will fall... VIVA FREEDOM for Palestine VIVA

  • ayubmy - 2011-02-08 09:19

    Just Like Apartheid South Africa... Your " Friends " cant protect you forever... Like dominoes falling, The walls of Apertheid in Isreal will fall... VIVA FREEDOM for Palestine VIVA

  • raykhado - 2011-02-08 13:34

    Americans are very much clever they only used the eygptian leader for their own interests and dumped him like he never existed thats what they did to Osama.

  • jgillow7 - 2011-02-08 14:05

    Yip let Mubarak which is dictator do what he want and kill his own people becasue of Israel!!!How f*** up is that?When did any arab country intefere in israeli politics?We have fanatical jews as presidents such Benjamin Netanyahu,Shimon Peres etc.. that is trying to dictate who must lead the Egyptian people.Israel go to hell!!you do not have any right to dictate to anyone instead worry about your right wing political parties that is a threat to the midle east.

      altiru - 2011-02-10 09:14

      Yo jgillow7, my man. I don't think Peres can in any way be likened to a fanatical jew. And everyone is interfering with everyone else, that is the nature of the international political scene. Arabs regularly fiddle with Israeli politics (their regular, and sometimes extreme actions in the UN is the most prominent), and Israel tries to influence and sway the political scene of the countries around them. No one's perfect, and every side has fanatics. Just you be careful of marginalising yourself...

  • Fikile - 2011-02-08 15:02

    YES WE CAN, it is about time that true democracy come to the M/E. israel has only themselves to blame. They have had the opportunity to morf into something special, but they have chosen the path of evil. now they want to blame the Americans for not bringing (isreal style) democracy to Egypt. LOL the israelis have truly lost it, they have gone absolutely MAD lead by some very F-uped leaders. to much inbreeding will do this. LOL

      Moi1980 - 2011-02-11 11:01

      The path of evil??? Inbreeding??? You obviously know very little, if anything at all about the Israeli nation and their people, so all you are able to do is resort to derogatory remarks.

      GBES - 2011-02-14 15:09

      Israel is the ONLY democracy in the Mid East.The rest are dictatorships (including Iran).Arabs do not have a say in the way their taxes are used,or even their foreign policy.No voting here,mate.I might not sanction all Israeli actions,but then the Arabs leaders should recognise,the days of the king/pharao/mulla/sheik/prince are over!!!CHANGE IS A COMING...

      Zee - 2011-02-14 17:20

      @GBES - how is it a democracy when certain individuals aren't allowed to vote?

      Dirk - 2011-02-19 10:39

      @Zee: agreed. How can Israel call itself a democracy? That's like the Apartheid regime calling itself a democracy. Arab Israelis are marginalized, the rightful owners of that part of the world are penned up in giant open-air prisons, right-wing Israel is taking even that away and is leaning hard on the world's holocaust guilt to get away with doing unto others what was done unto them. They've lost the right to call people anti-semites.

  • Fikile - 2011-02-08 15:13


      GBES - 2011-02-14 15:12

      Lest you anc cadres forget.Zuma and his business associates were in Egypt to foster relationships LAST YEAR.A lot of anc ministers loved Mubarak.Things change my man,so rather stick with what is fair and right.

  • rowan.walpole - 2011-02-08 16:45

    When America supported their despotic mates during the Iranian Revolution it created a problem that they, and Israel, still have today. Maybe Obama learnt from that?

  • Dundermoose - 2011-02-09 15:46

    Israel will be attacked and the ernd of the world will come - just read Revelations!

      Dirk - 2011-02-19 10:40

      lay off the incense and the wacky church, bud... John was having hallucinations when he wrote that stuff, and he was talking about Rome. Open your mind mate.

  • wolivierGR - 2011-02-09 17:11

    Isn't this more a case of America seeing that Egypt will soon be under new rule no matter what the USA does, so play their cards right to try and get open communication with who-ever takes over in Egypt. So while Israel and co goes beserk, this does seem to be global politics 101 to me?

  • st14338637 - 2011-02-09 17:45

    The Arab nations have sworn to break Israel down "brick-by-brick" and had their backsides handed to them in the Six Day war. Why should they give a damn about anything the Arabs want when their very survival is at stake? They have the nuts to root out terrorism and not allow it to intimidate them - which is more than our country has! Also, please keep in mind that while the US does supply them with weapons - the Israeli people supply the soldiers, and if those soldiers don't get guns from the US, they will find them elsewhere! (like they did with the nuke technology from SA) The Palestinians were part of the plot to destroy Israel and they are now reaping what Arafat and his cronies sowed. Mubarak should stay in power until democratic elections can be organized, if he leaves now there will be a power vacuum and more chaos will ensue.

      Zee - 2011-02-10 14:19

      @st - "The Palestinians were part of the plot to destroy Israel and they are now reaping what Arafat and his cronies sowed." Imo they were part of the plot to protect THEIR land from the thieving Zionists. What Israel does to humanity on a daily basis is inexcusible.

  • Andrez - 2011-02-10 09:51

    Be afraid Isreal .............. be very afraid. If it wasn't for the USA taxpayer's money you would not be so arrogant, killing innocent civilians and children and you still cry "gencide". The "playing field" is leveling........

  • tommy 2 - 2011-02-10 15:18

    The Americans want a change in EGYPT.They are ochestrating the entire uprising.They have only realised that mt MUBARAK has been playing both sides of the fence.Basically they need a new obedient puppet.

      Dirk - 2011-02-19 10:42

      aaand the conspiracy theorists crawl out of the woodwork...

  • GBES - 2011-02-14 15:04

    The diplomatic WAR against Obama has started ! Israel are already lobbying for a new nominee for the presidential elections.I sympathise with the Israelis,who lives in a very rough neighbourhood.At least Israel is a democracy.Around them are corrupt Arab dictators who impoverishes their people,and leaders like the house of SAUD who have personally hoarded billions of their countries money.The arabs need democracy,its people want to influence the running of their country.I pity the anc when the jobless poor rises up in SA.

      Zee - 2011-02-14 17:23

      What gives you the right to dictate to other people and countries how they should run their governments? Israel a rough neighbourhood? Have you seen Gaza???? Please man, typical pro-Zionist tripe.

  • Legion - 2011-02-16 12:00

    @Zee That's a big "AFFIRMATIVE" man. Stand proud and tell it like it is. Pity some brainwashed people can't see the light of what's really happening.

  • Peter - 2011-11-08 17:15

    America going broke, time to start another war, where to go for one, zimbabwe no, nothing left there, Iran yes plenty of oil, and an idiot running that place, lets go for it, standby for it. ONLY a matter of time, just wait for it to happen.

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