August 17, 2012

How Israel Saved Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

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Egypt has just experienced its second coup in as many years. The event was surprising in two ways. First, it will actually strengthen Egyptian democracy. Second, whether they meant to or not, the Israelis helped make it possible.

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TAGGED: Muslim Brotherhood, SCAF, Mohamed Morsi, Sinai, Egypt, Israel


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