Arab Spring Fallout: Egyptian Mob Overruns Israeli Embassy

In February, I predicted that Egypt’s democratic revolution would lead to a rise in regional instability, particularly between Egypt and Israel. Late last month, I argued that Egypt’s transition to democracy was entering an extremely unstable phase, after thousands of protestors surrounded the Egyptian Embassy; the Egyptian government then announced that it would be recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv (the decision was later reversed).

This past weekend, an Egyptian mob “scaled the walls of the Israeli Embassy to tear down its flag, broke into offices and tossed binders of documents into the streets.” It was not until protestors beat up an Israeli employee that the Egyptian military finally intervened. During the melee that lasted several hours, the mob used “hammers and broken poles to break through sections of the wall” surrounding the Israeli embassy. They then used “ropes attached to cars to pull away sections. By the end of the night, the wall was virtually demolished.”

What many would decry as a gross violation of a nation’s diplomatic immunity in any other country, passed almost without mention in the Western media. What is chilling about this example is that the Egyptian military let things go to the point that the mob gained physical access to a sovereign nation’s embassy.

So far, the Israelis have responded with restraint, and have supported the Egyptian military’s prerogative to secure Cairo. Yet, the Egyptian Street continues to boil with rage directed against its Israeli neighbors. Sooner or later, the Egyptian military is going to make a mistake, and the Arab Spring could again unravel into violence and chaos.

Things seem likely to continue to get worse before they get any better.

About Sean Patrick Hazlett

Finance executive, engineer, former military officer, and science fiction and horror writer. Editor of the Weird World War III anthology.
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2 Responses to Arab Spring Fallout: Egyptian Mob Overruns Israeli Embassy

  1. P says:

    Arabism & Islamism = twin fascisms!

    Arabism = racism !
    Against: Persian, Assyrian, Maronite, Copt, Kurd (in Iraq, Syria), Berber, On Caucasians, on “al-akhdam”, anti-Jewish (not just on Israelis…), anti-Asians, Anti-Africans (not just in Arabs’ genocide in Sudan…)

    Islamism = bigotry!
    Radical ISLAM has been waging a vicious bloody global WAR on non-Muslims or on those “not Muslim enough…” As in:
    Thailand, India, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, E. Timor, Moluccas islands, Nigeria, UK, US, France, Israel, Germany, Russia, China, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt…

    Anti-Israelism’s intolerance is only PART of the above “twin-fascism”!

    [Note, anti-Jewish Arab-Islamic racism in the area, dates back at least to the 1920s. The real root of “conflict” is at their hate education NOT what Israel “does” or does not. Ask yourself if they’d be ANY “conflict,” had Israel be mostly Arab/Muslim].

  2. dedc79 says:

    this is a very ominous and distressing development.

    I do wonder whether the israelis will come to regret not reaching a deal with the palestinians while they were in a stronger position. At the same time, the collapse of the mubarak regime shows that a peace for land deal may only last as long as the regime that signed it.

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