BBC News - Egyptian protesters break into Israeli embassy building

What, me worry?9/10/2011 7:50:43 am PDT

We need peace with Egypt and the U.S. and Israel must do everything in their power to keep it. At least the Egyptian government worked with Israel during this clash. They helped rescue the Israeli guards out of the embassy.

It isn’t the Egyptian government, but it is about the Egyptian economy. The Arab Spring emboldened an angry, poor and hungry populace against Israel. We’ve had reports that Hamas was contemplating moving its headquarters from Syria to Cairo, although Egypt says they are not discussing it at all. As early as May (maybe earlier), Syria seems to have given Hamas an ultimatum. “You’re either with us, or against us” in regard to the uprising there. Hamas wanted to stay neutral so they say, but they are concerned with Palestinians living in Syria. However, their own leaders aren’t even on the same page. One says they’re staying, the other says they’re looking to relocate.

So what do we have? We have Egyptian terror cells strengthening in the Sinai. We have an unstable Hamas in Syria. We have the Egyptian populace raging at Israel for killing 3 guards during a war they helped start. We have the U.S. who has given billions to Egypt since 1979, #2 in foreign aid next to Israel. Libya is still in a shambles. We have Jews torching mosques in Israel. Everyone is angry and everyone is on edge.

I am no political strategist, but it seems to me that the U.S. and Israel (and I think Jordan can share some of this, too) has to help strengthen the economy in Egypt to try to cool this down. I don’t know if that’s possible given the world economic crisis, but I don’t think we can afford not to. If the region goes to hell, it affects us directly with escalating prices in gas and agriculture. Not to mention war and death.