Tuesday 20 March 2018

The faltering pharaoh

Not for the first time reports of the toppling of Egypt's last pharaoh have proven premature. The dictator who has enjoyed three decades in power plans to stay put until elections in September.

Hosni Mubarak stands defiant despite two weeks of protests that have rocked his country and reverberated around the globe. There was something grimly ironic in the declaration from the strongman that he would ignore "diktats from abroad".

Whether he is prepared to accept it or not this is still the beginning of the end. After such a lengthy career it is understandable that Israel is extremely uneasy about what it sees as a betrayal by Washington of a key ally. Egypt, after all is Israel's most powerful neighbour, and was the first Arab country to make peace with the Jewish state, in 1979.

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