Daybreak: Protesters Call for ‘Millions’
Plus Israel’s response, U.S. demands for ‘orderly transition,’ and more in the news
• The Muslim Brotherhood, which has insisted it is purposefully playing a minor role, backed moderate pro-democracy activist Mohammed ElBaradei, in a sign of its increasing moderation (or at least desire to appear as much). [WSJ]
• Israel’s government has officially entered radio silence on the events but is extremely worried about what they mean for its bilateral relationship and stability in the region. [NYT]
• The events have sent U.S. policy and interests in the region into a state of uncertainty. [WSJ]
• Egypt dispatched troops to the Gaza border to prevent Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, from sending terrorists and arms from Gaza into Egypt (and vice-versa). This is a big deal because the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty was supposed to largely demilitarize Sinai; the troop deployment was coordinated with Israel’s Defense Ministry. [JPost]
• With turmoil additionally having racked Tunisia (where the main Islamist leader has returned), Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and even Jordan, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a rare Western interview, pledged to pursue reforms. [WSJ]
• Yesterday, state television reported, Mubarak ordered his new cabinet and new prime minister to improve economic conditions. Oh, buddy, I don’t know if that’s going to cut it anymore. [Haaretz]
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