George Soros says Israel is the main obstacle to a democratic Egypt

Cross posted at NewsRealBlog, by Eldad Tzioni

Guess what George Soros considers the biggest stumbling block to Egyptian democracy?

Could it be the fact that there is no tradition of democracy in Egypt and democratic institutions can’t be created in an instant during a time of upheaval?

No, that’s not it.

Could it be the fact that Mubarak is sending thugs into pro-freedom demonstrations to beat up the protesters?

No, not that either.

Could it be the Muslim Brotherhood, the best-organized opposition group in Egypt, which is dedicated not to freedom but to instituting Shari’a law throughout Egypt and eventually to create a pan-Muslim state across the region?

Nope, not at all.

The main obstacle to Egyptian peace is – Israel.

As he writes in :Thursday’s Washington Post

The main stumbling block is Israel.

The way he sees it, Israel and the Jewish lobby are dead-set against Egyptian democracy, much preferring a dictatorship next door where millions of Egyptians can be oppressed. Israel, which Soros presumes is an authoritarian regime, loves Egypt as it is — a state where Israeli tourists are routinely warned to leave because of potential terror attacks, a state where the Camp David demands of normalization were never implemented, a state where well over 90% of the population hates Jews according to polls.

According to Soros’ bizarre logic, the Muslim Brotherhood’s alliance with Mohamed ElBaradei, rather than being a cynical use of a stooge who has barely lived in Egypt for thirty years and who has no governing experience — a partnership where the Brotherhood can easily bend him to their will — is “a hopeful sign that it intends to play a constructive role in a democratic political system.”

What is he smoking? People said the exact same thing about Hamas and Hezbollah and, at the time, the Islamists who took over Iran in 1979. The far Left has consistently embraced Islamist parties who are fundamentally and inherently against liberal values — against equality for all citizens, against non-Muslims in positions of power, against equal rights for women, the list goes on — because of such shortsighted and ignorant wishful thinking.

As a result, we have Lebanon now effectively governed by an Islamic group and turning into a satellite of Iran, we have Gaza governed by a group that has no interest in democracy or equality and that is dedicated to destroying another state — and we have an Egypt that will probably be ruled by the organization that was the forerunner of Al Qaeda.

Soros says:

“I am, as a general rule, wary of revolutions. But in the case of Egypt, I see a good chance of success.”

Based on what exactly?

“As a committed advocate of democracy and open society, I cannot help but share in the enthusiasm that is sweeping across the Middle East.”

Ah. His feelings that this will end up with a democratic, free Egypt are based on nothing more than his getting swept up with enthusiasm. It is not based on any sober analysis or of any weighing of the potential downside of such a revolution.

Rather than look at the entire picture, Soros wants to focus all his hate on Israel, which he firmly believes is an obstacle to peace — in Egypt.

22 replies »

  1. I read the article in the Washington Post.

    Soros seems to be obsessed with Israel. One wonders why such a person is so obsessed.

    If MindTheCrap reads this, I would be interested to hear if you are still so supportive of JStreet bearing in mind it’s strong support from Soros.

  2. ‘Soros’ by name – ‘tzorres’ by nature. You can’t do anything with this sort of mind-set. As Melanie Phillips has put it so – sometimes too – eloquently – it’s a “pathology”. If so, many overly-clever people from Soros to Prof. Jacqueline Rose to Mary-Kay Wilmers to heaven knows who else – need deep therapy – soonest!

  3. supportive of JStreet bearing in mind it’s strong support from Soros.

    it seems that JStreet has been forgiven that it kept its getting money from Soros under cover – i.e. it all depends who does what – if you are labelled a good one you can get away with almost evrything.

    BTW has anybody read any close investigation of that Hongkong racing track benefactor? Remember at the time Goldberg demanded a thorough colonoscopy for that one and that was it?

    it’s not only bad guys who cover up for eachother …

  4. “The way he sees it, Israel and the Jewish lobby are dead-set against Egyptian democracy, much preferring a dictatorship next door where millions of Egyptians can be oppressed. ”

    Soros is a political twit. Does he really think Israel loved the dictator Nasser, who launched the 1967 war of annihilation against them?

    What Israel wants is an Egypt which won’t try to throw the Jews into the sea again. Other than that, Israel couldn’t really give a toss about their political system.

  5. Andy
    are you really trying to say that Israelis (at least the Jewish ones) hav given up the millenia old dream of dominating and running the world

    if so I urge you to read the Elders of Zion it’s all in there proved and sealed and completely credible to nutters.

  6. come to think of it since Soros is not averse to playing havoc with the world why should he assume that other people are content to live an unmolested live.

  7. Soros has two defining characteristics.

    The first, his detestation of the fact that he was born a Jew.
    His hatred of Israel is just a manifestation of this.

    The second is that he has anything but a democratic mindset.
    He thinks his billionaire status entitles him to undue influence on the world stage.

    A nasty, arrogant apologist of totalitarian regimes!

  8. “Fantastic article in the NY Times; more and more American Jews are realizing the truth about Bibi”

    Jewish Voice for Peace, a group that supports, inter alia, divestment and refuseniks, is about as representative of Jews in the US as kapos were in the Warsaw Ghetto. From the article: “In October, the Anti-Defamation League placed Jewish Voice for Peace — which has called for an international boycott of companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories — among “the top 10 anti-Israel groups in America.” No surprise however that the New York Times would write such an adulatory article about such a vile group. After all, that is the newspaper that hid the little news it did print about the Holocaust in its inside pages.

    A person could only believe that that article is “fantastic” if he or she is a moral imbecile. May the names of such people be erased from the Book of Life.

  9. ‘I like this guy’

    Ezra Levant on Soros’ collaboration with the Nazis:

    ‘How does Soros feel about what he did as a teenager? Has it kept him up at night?

    Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes asked him that. Was it difficult? “Not at all,” Soros answered.

    “No feeling of guilt?” asked Kroft. “No,” said Soros. “There was no sense that I shouldn’t be there. If I wasn’t doing it, somebody else would be taking it away anyhow. Whether I was there or not. So I had no sense of guilt.” ‘


    Yes, I’m sure that’s exactly your kind of hero.

  10. ‘I like this guy’

    You like George Galloway, you Nazi’s whore: you both propagate a myth that, somehow, the one Jewish state in the world is chiefly responsible for Egypt’s woes.

  11. “Fantastic article in the NY Times; more and more American Jews are realizing the truth about Bibi”

    I don’t mean to be rude, but…did you actually read the entire article, or did you take the paragraph about JV4P’s interrupting Bibi’s speech in New Orleans and decide that was the story here, even though that paragraph was about JV4P’s actions/obnoxiousness and didn’t tie at all into the main theme: JV4P’s support for an Egyptian revolution. It was a badly written, fundamentally dishonest about JV4P article (doesn’t mention JV4P’s hosting of the odious Muzzlewatch, softpedals JV4P’s teenage-crush level of support for BDS by conveniently leaving out their cheerleading for the Cal divestment plan and subsequent agony when it was defeated, pretends that a 100K mailing list means they’re an NGO superpower) but even with that, the reporter wasn’t writing about what you’re thinking about. Stop lying.

  12. Soros is a Sam Finkler writ large.

    And if he’s so supportive of democracy movements, where was he on Iran? don’t seem to remember him speaking up for the green movement. Or maybe they were just Israeli stooges.

  13. Soros is applying the lessons he learned in WWII: if he works with the Jew haters, maybe he can survive and prosper. Why should he change, since his policy worked so well for him in 1944, while millions of other Jews were killed.