‘We’re living on a volcano,’ experts warnTAB EARLIER THIS WEEK:
As with Iran in ’79, Islamists could hijack pro-democracy movements; ex-IDF research chief: “We're on thick ice, but even that melts eventually."
Israeli security experts are casting an uneasy eye at the civil unrest spreading through the region.
On Thursday, Yemen joined the list of Arab states experiencing unprecedented demonstrations calling for authoritarian leaders to step down, and Egypt braced for more civil unrest.
While no analysts here predict any immediate ramifications for Israel’s national security, some said mass protest movements that begin as pro-democracy uprisings could easily be hijacked by Islamists.
“We need to understand that we are living on a volcano,” said Maj.- Gen. (res.) Ya’acov Amidror, former head of the IDF’s Research and Assessment Directorate.
“Conditions can change from today until tomorrow. We must ask ourselves, what is the worst case scenario,” he said. “We are on thick ice, but even that melts eventually."
“Advice we have heard from certain countries in Western Europe [suggesting that the uprisings could lead to a wave of democratic revolutions] should not be followed,” he said. “There’s no immediate fear of any security escalation. The main question is: In the long term, will we be ready for all scenarios?” Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, and a senior research fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), said, “There’s a reasonable chance that if a revolution takes place in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood would rise to power. That would be bad not just for Israel but for all democracies.”
The true struggle in Egypt was not between “Mubarak and pro-democracy elements, but between Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Eiland said.
WHO KNOWS WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW...REGULAR READERS KNOW WE REGULARLY BEAT THE EXPERTS WITH SHARP ANALYSIS AND BLUNT COMMENTARY . EVEN ISRAELI GENERALS. SPREAD THE WORD.
BUT I HAVE A PREDICTION: THE MUBARAK'S DO EVENTUALLY FLEE.
AND EL BARADEI TAKES OVER IN A COALITION WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD (AS HARIRI DID WITH HIZBALLAH).
EL BARADEI IS ALREADY CLOSE TO THEM.
THEN EL BARADEI IS OUSTED - LIKE IRAN'S BANI SADR OR BAZARGAN,
AND EGYPT GOES THE WAY OF IRAN - JUST AS LEBANON SEEMS TO BE GOING.