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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The last Egyptian revolution

In July 1952, a group of Egyptian army officers under the leadership of General Mohammed Naguib and Colonel Gamal Abdul Nasser, deposed King Farouk (pictured) and assumed power. On August 18, 1952 Prime Minister Ben-Gurion told the Knesset:
We can accept the testimony of Mohammed Naguib, the head of the military revolution, who declared that he and many of his colleagues in the Army had been opposed to the invasion of our country, and that the man chiefly responsible for the war against us was the deposed King Farouk.

The reasons for Naguib's opposition to the invasion may have been merely military, but there is no doubt that there was not then, nor is there now, any ground for a quarrel between Egypt and Israel. A vast expanse of desert stretches between the two countries and leaves no cause for frontier conflicts. There never was nor is there now any reason for political, economic, or territorial conflict between the two neighbours.

The State of Israel wishes to see a free, independent, and progressive Egypt. We bear Egypt no enmity for what she did to our forefathers in the days of the Pharaohs, nor even for what she did to us four years ago. We have proved our good-will toward Egypt - in spite of the foolish conduct of the Farouk government toward us throughout the months when Egypt was involved in a serious conflict with a great world power. It never occurred to us to exploit Egypt's difficulty in order to attack her or take revenge upon her, as she did to us when our State was established.

Yet we cannot ignore the fact that even this Egypt does not show any signs of good-will to make up for the grievous offences of the deposed King Farouk, and none of us can tell with certainty what Egypt is aiming at: peace or war.
Nearly 60 years later, we still cannot tell with certainty at what Egypt is aiming, but we hope and pray that it is peace.

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At 4:14 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The more things change, the more they remain the same...

As things are in Egypt, we can expect one of two outcomes: a military-dominated regime with a civilian facade or an Islamist dictatorship.

Democracy is not going to come to Egypt in the foreseeable future.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but we hope and pray that it is peace.

Carl, you're suffering from battered wife syndrome.

The cure is to read your own archives about how Egypt has really been viewing Israel all these years.


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