Israel Lobbies Against Condemnations of Egypt

YERUSHALAYIM -

Those following the series of condemnations of the Egyptian military’s bloody crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters issuing from Washington and European capitals may have noticed that Israel was missing from the list.

That is because Israel has quietly been lobbying in the opposite direction, trying to persuade western leaders to refrain from decrying the “massacre” in Egypt and clamoring for a lifting of the state of emergency, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

Israeli diplomats fear that the condemnations will only serve to worsen the crisis, by  stiffening the will of the Muslim Brotherhood to resist the military intervention, and increase the chances of civil war.

Such an outcome would have unforseeable consequences, including abrogation of the 1979 peace treaty and further destabilization of the entire region.