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Mid-East press enthralled by developments in Egypt

06 February 11 14:51
Protesters in Tahrir Square, 26 January (Copyright Nora Shalaby)

Most commentators in the Middle East press seem convinced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will eventually be ousted - although more likely though talks not force - and are looking to the future.

One Iranian daily is confident in its assertion that an Islamic regime will replace the current government, while Israeli commentator Roy Arad chides Israelis for automatically fearing the Muslim Brotherhood.

And several papers express some satisfaction that US regional policy is in disarray.

Muhammad Abu-Krishah in Egypt's Al-Jumhuriyah

The 25 January movement was just the death certificate or burial announcement of a state that died a long time ago and whose death was only discovered when it was buried.

Bilal al-Hasan in London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat

Washington has dealt with many popular uprisings in the past, especially in eastern Europe... The situation is different in Egypt. The Egyptian government is a strong ally of the US. Its fall or change means the US will loose its influence in that country and it will definitely be a strategic loss.

Al-Arabi Zu'ak in Algeria's El-Khabar

Which is more merciful for a ruler, rule for 30 years then exit humiliated and disgraced or to leave voluntarily like leaders of civilized nations do... All that we wish for is that Mubarak read on television the slogans being raised by the protesters in Alexandria: 'Go, Shame of Egypt'.

Muhammad Khawajah in Lebanon's Al-Safir

It seems that Tel Aviv is greatly concerned by the Egyptian people's actions and is aware that the fall of Mubarak's regime is inevitable... Whatever the makeup of the new regime, it will not be a close ally of Israel... nightmares have already begun to haunt the leaders of the Zionist entity.

Avi Issacharoff in Israel's Ha'aretz

Time is working against the opposition, and against Egypt itself. By deciding on Friday not to march on the presidential palace... the opposition decided to forgo driving Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out by force.

Roy Arad in Israel's Ha'aretz

There is a clear consensus in Israel about the necessity of democracy... but when it comes to Egypt, suddenly Israelis are quaking... The very words "Muslim Brotherhood" cause commentators' jaws to drop, even though I do not think anyone here would oppose a common border or peace agreement with Saudi Arabia, the most Muslim nation of all.

Ma'zin Hamad in Qatar's Al-Watan

We do understand that [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wishes that Hosni Mubarak should rule Egypt forever. At a time when the Egyptian dictator is at his last gasp, the Israeli premier is talking about his deep fear that Egypt will be transformed into a new Gaza, and predicting instability in Egypt for years.

Editorial in Oman's Al-Watan

The iron fist practised by the Mubarak regime has helped the Muslim Brotherhood to be the main opposition party in Egypt today... These Islamic movements have continued to grow, and we should deal with those which are moderate including the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Muhammad Abu Alan in Iran's Arabic-language Al-Vefagh

The hypocrisy of the so-called US foreign policy in advocating the right of the Egyptian people to self-determination should not deceive anyone. It must be a lesson to the Arab nations to continue standing firmly against US policies in the Arab region as long as Israel's interest is a priority in US foreign policy.

Ali Totmaj in Iran's Siyasat-e Ruz

The region is on the way to a new Middle East - not a Middle East based on US standards, but one in accordance with Islamic standards, the foundation of which lies in people awakening to revive Islamic ideals, and to confront the US and the Zionist regime with the total support of the resistance.

Mohammad Imani in Iran's Keyhan

It can be predicted that Israel will fade away without any direct war and confrontation... Whatever happens in Egypt, the country will not go back to the pre-Mubarak or pre-Sadat period.

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