Egypt returns to Nasserian rhetoric

Posted: April 26, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Anti-Israel, Egypt, Israel, Middle East

ahmed-aboul-gheit While the peace between Israelis and the Egyptians was never a particularly strong one, both understood the need for restraint, especially after several wars between the two. However, in the past decade, several Egyptian officials used Gamal Abdel Nasser-like rhetoric to spur further tensions between the Jews and the Arabs. Recent case of such incitement comes from Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit, who branded Israel an “enemy” during visit to Lebanon:

Following talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister ‘Ali Al-Shami, Aboul Gheit was asked whether he was visiting Beirut in order to convey a warning from Israel.

The Egyptian minister said in response that the purpose of his trip was not to relay messages "from the enemy to a sister Arab state."

Aboul Gheit also said Cairo would stand by Lebanon and Syria in case they were attacked.


ABOUL GHEIT IS notorious for his anti-Israel remarks, and this one cannot necessarily be attributed to Hosni Mubarak’s indented policies towards the Jewish state. However, Egypt’s FM represents vast, anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic, group of Arab population, thus, possibly, attempting to gain points with Arabs, while undermining Mubarak’s influence.

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