Egypt’s Mubarak warns Israel on terror

Posted: May 20, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Anti-Israel, Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Peace Process
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Egypt's Hosni Mubarak Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attacked Israel, saying it must address ‘fundamental’ issues in regards to the Palestinians, or face renewal of terror:

Mubarak criticized Israel’s refusal to address the definitive borders of a future Palestinian state during indirect peace talks with the Palestinians that have been approved by Arab nations.

According to the Egyptian president, Israel’s insistence on discussing only "secondary issues," such as the environment and the rights to airspace, threatened to stall any peaceful resolution of the conflict.

"Then we will see terrorism increase and spread throughout the world," Mubarak said.


NOT SURPRISINGLY, MUBARAK failed to address Palestinians’ shortcomings on the peace talks front, such as resumption of vile, anti-Semitic incitement in official PA press, as well as long list of preconditions to beginning of direct talks.

There is another side to the story, however, and it is an interesting one. Behind the scenes, Mubarak seriously considers the possibility he might soon need a replacement, and one he wants to see would resume his legacy:

Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s 82-year-old president, dodged a question on Wednesday on who his successor might be, saying only God could decide who would lead the Arab world’s most populous nation following his 29-year rule.

Uncertainty over Egypt’s political future is intensifying ahead of presidential polls next year. Mubarak, who took power in 1981, has not said whether he will run for a sixth term in presidential polls next year, but if he does not many Egyptians assume his 46-year-old son Gamal would be a top contender.

Mubarak, whose health has been in question since recent surgery in Germany, appeared taken aback by a question from a journalist during a press conference next to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.


Mubarak, while having no positive sentiment for the Israelis, wants to see Egypt stay where it is or get better – not drop back into poverty. For that to happen he needs to keep a door open for his successor. Anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian rhetoric is the tactic used by Arab politicians for the past several decades, and Mubarak joins the club.

Mubarak’s prime interest in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is making sure PA comes on top and achieves as much as possible. If Mahmoud Abbas manages to talk Israelis into concessions, his ratings among Palestinians would rise significantly, thus lowering already dire ratings of Hamas, which Mubarak currently fights in Gaza. For Egypt, the return of Palestinian Authority – led by Abbas – to Gaza, is the best option available.


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