Well, after all those riots in Egypt, Mubarak was forced to resign in the end, but the future of what or who will become Egypt’s ruler is still unknown. If it is the Muslim Brotherhood, it will be a direct threat on Israel and possibly the United States. In 1979 in Iran the radical clerics promised a peaceful future, but instead they became a revolutionary dictatorship, with no rights for the common people.  Will this happen again in Egypt?
But now, after successful riots in Tunisia and Egypt, the Iranian people are also trying again to take down their corrupt leadership (dictatorship), especially taking into account  Ahmadinijad’s words alluding to what was happening in Egypt,” The people there have a right to protest.”  He must have regretted these words later as the Iranians evidently took his words seriously, and started demonstrating too, but the Iranian forces have orders to put this down and are using clubs, tear gas and other means against them, hundreds have been arrested and there have already been some fatalities. Telephone lines have been cut down and homes of opposition leaders have been blockaded in some places. People only talk anonymously for fear of reprisals from the authorities.  The first demonstrations were initiated “to show solidarity with the popular protests in Egypt” but have now turned into a local protest – maybe to revive the months of relative quiet after what were surely forged election results. Then there had also been protests, quickly put down by the government. But how can Ahmadinejad say “Yes to the rights o the Arab peoples, but deny those same rights to his own?”.
Now back to Israel. We have a new Commander-in-Chief for our armed forces, Benny Ganz, instead of Gadi Ashkenazi. There was also some difficulty in finding the latter’s replacement – but am glad to say this problem was solved – even with a lot of unpleasantness.
I’ll end with a few words important for Israel – that is our relationship with Greece which is improving greatly. In a speech to Jewish American leaders visiting Athens, George Papandreou said that they could help Israel gain access to European markets and that Greece was seeking cooperation in tourism, agriculture, defense and hi-tech innovation. Officials say that our two countries will hold a joint meeting in Israel in April. With these words I end today’s blog.
Shalom from Irene

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