Egyptian Unrest – Dangers of Spreading Violence?

With the dangerous unrest in Egypt is it made even more dangerous with the threat of this violence spreading through out the Middle East?  What does this portend for Israel’s future?  Fox News interviewed Mohammed el-Beltagui, a leading member of the outlawed group, last night and Mr. el-Beltagui said that if Mr. Mubarak left the Brotherhood is not going to present a candidate for a presidential election.  The Brotherhood is by far the most powerful and  most organized opposition in the country.  In the Fox News interview the Brotherhood are said to be against Zionism and they did not come out and answer yes or no as to whether they would recognize Israel’s right to existence.  Mr. el-Beltagui would not give a direct answer and continued to be evasive about the right to co-exist peacefully with Israel.  He only said that Zionism must be stopped and that they will not negotiate with a “terrorist regime” like the Zionists.

Cairo’s central Tahrir Square is brimming with thousands of protestors demanding Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to resign.  What makes mattes worse, it is like a ticking time bomb with staples like bread and water running out.  

Now the protests are spreading far and wide in nations that literally surround Israel.  Nations like Yemen have tens of thousands of protesters demanding the Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign.  The protests in Egypt have had a ripple effect and now protests are as far as North Africa to far Middle Eastern Nations.  They include Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and even Jordan although Jordan’s protesters are primarily support the Egyptians.  

As to where this ends and to which point this powder keg spreads, only time will tell. It is not a good situation to be in and for Israel, the world may have just became a little more dangerous.  Psalm 122:6-9 and elsewhere, we are told to, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’ For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.”  Amen.  Ironically, Jerusalem means “king of” (Jeru) “peace” (salem).   Please join me in praying for this peace.

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