Israel is working behind the scenes to encourage its allies to continue backing the Egyptian military regime, the New York Times reported on Monday.
The Jewish state is apparently deeply concerned that the E.U. and
especially the U.S. will cut off military and financial aid to Egypt
due to the recent brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, which has
already claimed hundreds of lives.
The alternative, Israeli officials are quietly telling their international counterparts, will be far worse.
"At this point, it’s army or anarchy," the Times quotes one
official saying. "You may not like what you see, but what’s the
alternative?" The official said that Israel is "trying to talk to key
actors, key countries," and telling them, "First, save what you can, and
then deal with democracy and freedom and so on."
Israel has thus far made no public comments on the events in
Egypt, beyond boilerplate support for the official government, but its
concerns are not surprising. At this point, a Muslim Brotherhood
takeover would likely be a revolutionary one, installing a radical
Islamist regime in a strategically important country on Israel's