Hunger for Change

‘No collaboration with Israeli after the revolution, down with Israel’ sign held at a demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt

President Obama gave the following speech in February concerning the Egyptian people and true democracy to satisfy their hunger for change.


So where has this change led Egypt?

Cairo holds massive anti-Israel rally

Thousands of Egyptian Protesters have gathered in front of the Israeli embassy in the capital Cairo demanding an end to ties with the Tel Aviv regime. The demonstration originated from the nearby Cairo University. The protesters demanded that the Egyptian government abruptly sever all ties with Israel. The protesters have also called for a freeze on all gas exports to Tel Aviv.

They have threatened to continue massive protest rallies if the current government does not move to cut off ties with the Israeli regime. The new development is the latest in a series of major protest rallies that led to the downfall of the decades-long ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Under the US-backed Mubarak regime, Egypt consistently served Israeli interests and objectives by helping to impose a total blockade on the impoverished Gaza strip after the democratically elected Hamas government took control of the territory in 2007. The crippling blockade on the territory has triggered a humanitarian crisis.

A major Egyptian political party, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has recently demanded that the country’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces takes immediate measures in breaking the siege of Gaza.

Egypt’s political parties say the Gaza blockade serves American and Israeli objectives in the region and threatens regional stability and independence.

Is this what Democracy looks like? Is hope based on the betrayal of Israel? There are two differences between Americans and Egyptians:

  1. We understand what freedom means
  2. We have the right to bear arms

Although Obama won an election on a platform for hope and change, our hunger for change in America is not the same as what swayed an ill informed electorate in 2008.

David DeGerolamo

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