Egypt Plays Hardball
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday January 2, 2008
I've Been Thinking:
Egypt is playing diplomatic hardball and Egypt is out to get Israel.
The Egyptians are threatening to use all their diplomatic clout to stymie Israeli interests in the developing world.
Egypt, a country with significant power in the developing world, has threatened to turn Israeli foreign minister Tzippi Livni into a persona non grata in the developing world by applying serious anti-Israel diplomacy.
Why? Because the Israeli foreign minister "publicly disrespected" Egypt by announcing that Israel had brought video footage of Egyptian security personnel assisting Hamas smuggle weapons into Gaza to show the Americans.
It happens to be true but not very diplomatic - and therein lies the problem.
The right to shame Egypt belongs only to a super power, not to little Israel.
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