Monday, January 31, 2011
Aljazeera is reporting that its sources indicate Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak will flee to Israel. It was earlier speculated that he would take refuge in Saudi Arabia.
On Saturday, the Saudi monarchy voiced support for Mubarak and his brutal police state and criticized the Egyptian people for attempting to get rid of the authoritarian thug who has ruled the country under the iron grip of martial law since October of 1981. Mubarak assumed the presidency after the assassination of his predecessor, Anwar El-Sadat.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud characterized the popular rebellion as “malicious sedition” and said the relationship between Mubarak’s regime and the Saudi regime represent a U.S.-allied Arab bulwark against Shi’ite Iran.
Britain catapulted the Ibn Saud monarchy to power in the 1920s under the excuse of protecting Muslims who were British subjects. In fact, the religiously austere Sauds were put in power at the behest of British Petroleum.
On Friday, an unnamed Israeli minister voiced his confidence that Mubarak would remain in power. “We believe that Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations,” he told Time Magazine. “I’m not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process.”
Mubarak’s planning exile to Tel Aviv, Aljazeera, January 31, 2011.
Britain and Saudi Arabia, 1925-1939: the Imperial Oasis, Clive Leatherdale, Frank Cass & Company, p. 326.
Israel: Mubarak here to stay, Press TV, January 29, 2011.
This article was posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm