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Daybreak: Mubarak Boosters Emerge

Plus Friedman and Halevi view it from Israel, and more in the news

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Now some people like him.(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

• Today, the streets of Cairo took on a new character as pro-Mubarak protesters clashed with the usual crew. (Also, Internet has been restored.) While the military has still not fired on unarmed marchers, it appears to be siding with the embattled Egyptian president. [NYT]

• President Obama sided with the protesters—to an extent. A transition “must begin now,” he said, after Mubarak’s speech, but he did not explicitly call for Mubarak to step down sooner than he had promised (in the fall). [NYT]

• Yemen’s president pulled a Mubarak, pledging not to run in the next elections—in 2013. [WSJ]

• How we didn’t know this was coming. [WSJ]

•Egypt’s lobby gets to work in D.C. [WP]

• Thomas Friedman sees increased urgency to the peace process and calls on President Obama to draw up his own plan and present it to the Israelis and the Palestinians. [NYT]

• Yossi Klein Halevi explains that many Israelis “fear that the [Muslim] Brotherhood’s nonviolence has been a tactical maneuver and know that its worldview is rooted in crude anti-Semitism.” [NYT]

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Neveragain says:

Gee, why would Israelis worry about the Muslim Brotherhood?
Just because they put the star of David on the Mubarak effigies that they burn?
Watching some of the Arab commentators stating that this is the beginning of democracy in Egypt makes me think that no one ever told these folks that there is no tooth fairy.

What a lovely blog page. I’ll surely be back again. Please hold writing.

Bonny Brincat says:



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