U.S., Europe Urged to Ease Rhetoric With Egypt

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JERUSALEM -- Iran has expressed its satisfaction with the ongoing turmoil in Egypt while Israel has reportedly urged the U.S. and European countries to tone down their rhetoric against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in order to stabilize the region.

"I think the U.S. is between a rock and a hard place," said Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. "On Iran, the Obama administration did not come out forcefully for the people in the streets who sought democracy and here they came out pretty strongly against the Egyptian regime."

Gold said the struggle right now is not just about democracy.

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Khairi Abaza is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and a former senior official in an Egyptian political party.  He also spoke with CBN News about the current unrest in Egypt.  Click here for his comments.

"I think we are engaged in a great struggle for the future of the Middle East between radical Shiite Iran and the Sunni Muslim Arab countries," he said. "Egypt was the most critical element on the Sunni Arab side holding back Iranian power and now that country has been weakened. If Egypt goes the balance of power in the Middle East will fundamentally shift."

So far, street protests have focused on social demands, but experts are concerned the radical Muslim Brotherhood could hijack the revolution and steer the country toward radical Islam -- a scenario that played out in Iran in 1979.

"I think they are trying to position themselves to seize this revolution down the road, take it over and I think that is something the West will have to carefully monitor and avert," Gold said.

Over the weekend, Mubarak blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood for looting and spreading chaos throughout the country. The Muslim Brotherhood has spawned terror groups from al Qaeda to Hamas.

Yaakov Amidror, former director of the Israel Defense Force's Research and Asessment Division, said Egypt's military is the strongest in the Arab world, having been built after 30 years of foreign aid backing from the U.S.

"It means they have F-16. They have Abrams (tank). All their artillery is American, so no one question can that from the technology point of view and from qualitative measures," Amidror said. "It is the best in the Arab world."

Amidror described what would happen if Egypt fell into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"That would be a nightmare and not only for us," he said. "It will change the whole Middle East for the worst."

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