A new Middle East

January 30, 2011

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It would be silly for us to think we might have any lasting insight to offer on the dynamic and volatile happenings throughout the Arab world, and in particular in Egypt.

Human exhilaration at the sight of people fighting for their freedom is mixed with Israeli trepidation at what may come next.

Throughout the ages our relationship with Egypt has always been crucial and precarious. The first chapter of Exodus begins with the ominous line: “There arose a new king in Egypt, who knew not Joseph.” After a period of prosperity and peace between Egypt and the Israelites, the relationship with the new Pharaoh took a turn for the worse.

What kind of government will emerge following these upheavals? An enlightened democracy that grants freedom and dignity to its people? Or something else?

Will the next Pharaoh know Joseph?

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