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Israel on the Islamist Surge in Egypt: Told You So
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The stunning showing by Salafist parties in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections surprised Israeli officials as much as the rest of the world. The estimated 40 percent of the vote that went to the Muslim Brotherhood, the party that founded modern political Islam, was about in line with pre-election polls. But the unexpectedly strong showing by the Salafis -- fundamentalist Sunni Muslims who hold that the only true Islam was practiced around the time of the Prophet Mohammad, 1,300 years ago -- could put a group that rejects modernism in a pivotal position in Egypt's new democracy.

This is even worse than we predicted," a senior Israeli security official was quoted telling the daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

In other words, events are unfolding much as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned they might in the heady first days of the Arab Spring, which Netanyahu said could well turn into an "Iranian winter." The metaphor draws from the history of Iran's 1979 revolution, which began as a popular uprising united in opposition to the despotic Shah, and thanks in part to the organization and motivation of religious activists, produced the radical theocracy that has controlled the country since.

"In February, when millions of Egyptians thronged to the streets in Cairo, commentators and quite a few Israeli members of the opposition said that we're facing a new era of liberalism and progress," Netanyahu told the Knesset last month, before polls even opened in Egypt. "They said I was trying to scare the public and was on the wrong side of history and don't see where things are heading."

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  -Israel on the Islamist Surge in Egypt: Told You So Purveyor  Dec-05-11 02:30 PM   #0 
  - Democracy doesn't always produce  Proud Liberal Dem   Dec-05-11 02:38 PM   #1 
  - well apparently a lot of "hard core, RW, neocon, fundy" israelis like bibi knew.  Mosby   Dec-05-11 02:54 PM   #3 
  - Democracy is more than one election  oberliner   Dec-06-11 02:56 AM   #9 
  - What can/should we do about it though?  Proud Liberal Dem   Dec-06-11 02:44 PM   #13 
     - Express support for those who share our values  oberliner   Dec-06-11 02:57 PM   #14 
        - Well, yeah  Proud Liberal Dem   Dec-06-11 03:22 PM   #15 
           - Many progressives in Europe and around the world "ratcheted up the rhetoric" when Bush was elected  oberliner   Dec-06-11 03:59 PM   #18 
              - Nothing wrong with expressing concern/displeasure about what's going on in other countries  Proud Liberal Dem   Dec-06-11 04:14 PM   #19 
                 - Well that is what this board (and specifically this forum) is all about  oberliner   Dec-06-11 09:36 PM   #21 
  - This is more like 1 man 1 vote 1 time. nt  King_David   Dec-06-11 03:30 PM   #16 
  - What would Netanyahu have wanted us to do?  Vinnie From Indy   Dec-05-11 02:49 PM   #2 
  - he just saying....  pelsar   Dec-05-11 03:30 PM   #4 
  - so what is Israel going to do now?  azurnoir   Dec-05-11 04:37 PM   #7 
  - I guess so  Proud Liberal Dem   Dec-05-11 03:38 PM   #5 
  - I'm more wondering what Bibi intends to do about it.  bemildred   Dec-05-11 03:55 PM   #6 
     - Bibi's not doing anything  henank   Dec-06-11 01:08 AM   #8 
        - You seem confused.  bemildred   Dec-06-11 08:55 AM   #11 
  - It doesn't take a genius  oberliner   Dec-06-11 02:57 AM   #10 
  - +1. nt  bemildred   Dec-06-11 09:01 AM   #12 
  - 135 miles from the Mediterranean to the Gulf of Aqaba.  Swede   Dec-06-11 03:50 PM   #17 
  - Same here : Much worse than expected .  UndertheOcean   Dec-06-11 04:23 PM   #20 

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