Last Updated: Mon Feb 07, 2011 21:30 pm (KSA) 18:30 pm (GMT)

Mubarak a man of Israel and America: Saudi writer

Saudi political writer and analyst Turki al-Hamad
Saudi political writer and analyst Turki al-Hamad

Saudi political writer and analyst Turki al-Hamad slammed embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as an agent of Israel and the United States, rejecting as groundless the claims that a foreign conspiracy was behind the popular uprising in the country.

In an interview with AlArabiya.net, al-Hamad said frustration, hopelessness and marginalization, but not poverty and unemployment, accounted for the revolts in both Tunisia and Egypt.

Asked about future scenarios should anti-Mubarak protests continue for several more days or possibly weeks, Hamad said the largely popular and respected military institution would interfere and force Mubarak to quit in a replay of the Tunisian case.

The Egyptian army has so far sought to take middle ground in the crisis, allowing peaceful demonstrations and avoiding pushing Mubarak, at least openly, to respond to popular demands and quit after almost 30 years in office.

He said the people currently don't seem to accept the concessions Mubarak has made, including a pledge not to run for the presidency again, and if protests were to escalate in the coming days possibly bringing the already battered economy to a near standstill, the military would likely step in and push Mubarak to an honorable exist.

Opposition figures such as former UN diplomat Mohammed ElBaradei had offered Mubarak a dignified exist in order to spare more bloodshed.

US did not incite uprising

 Mubarak is a man of Israel in the region, so he is a man of America 
Saudi political writer and analyst Turki al-Hamad

"When one million people take to the streets in Cairo and half a million in Alexandria, we point to an American influence!...Why whenever something bad happens we blame America!?"

"Mubarak is a man of Israel in the region, so he is a man of America," Hamad said, explaining that America does not have permanent friends or enemies; it supported Mubarak for 30 years and when it saw that it was impossible to save him this time, it switched sides and sough to ride on the popular wave, just like many political parties in Egypt did.

The United States, according to him, does not refer its decisions to principles of human rights but to its strategic interests. He cited examples of Russia and China, which America used to press hard on human rights issues before it had developed strong economic and political ties with them.

The events in Tunisia and Egypt surprised leaders in those countries and surprised the West, including the United States, Hamad said, explaining that the United States is now losing ground to the ordinary people in deciding who should rule in the region.


(Written by Mustapha Ajbaili)

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