By Ted Belman
Haaretz reports today Israel urges West: Make sure new Egypt regime honors peace deal
Senior Israeli officials said that Netanyahu would like the international community to make it clear to any new Egyptian leadership that will emerge that it must meet a series of conditions in return for receiving legitimacy in the eyes of the West – similar to those posed to Hamas following the Islamist movement’s victory in Palestinian elections. The Mideast Quartet had demanded, and still requires, that in return for recognition, Hamas relinquish terrorism, recognize Israel and accept as binding previous negotiated agreements between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.
For me this is troublesome. Netanyahu knows that even if the West demands this and the new government agrees, it is meaningless. When the new government ignores the peace treaty or disowns it, the West will do nothing. The West is already embracing Hamas though these conditions have not been met.
Instead Israel’s should be lining up with those who warn that the reallity that nothing good can come from the removal of the Mubarak regime which is pro-American. “Democracy” will not last. The new regime will spend more money in preparation for their war with Israel. The poor will be worse off and worse off again if there is war. The secular will be worse off as Sharia is introduced. Only the Islamists will gain.
What Netanyahu has done is to offer a fig leaf to the anti-Mubarak West or the pro-Islamist West, depending on how you look at this, to cover their tracks with legitamacy.
Having said that there appears to be some evidence that what you see is theater. The US, Israel and the Egyptian Army are all making nice, whereas in private they are working toward a managed solution in which the Army retains control. Let’s hope.