2011 February 06 Sunday
Egyptians Hostile To United States

Years of supporting Israel against the Palestinians have taken their toll on Egyptian views of the United States. We are not popular there. A democratically elected Egyptian government would likely have less friendly relations with both the US and Israel.

For three decades, Mubarak has maintained a steadfast alliance with the United States (lubricated by about $1.5 billion in annual aid) and presided over a cold-but-durable peace with Israel. Yet, Egyptian public opinion is overwhelmingly hostile toward both countries. In Pew’s 2010 global survey, just 17 percent of Egyptians expressed a favorable view of the United States; that tied with Pakistan and Turkey for the lowest rating the U.S. received in any of the 21 countries tested. Nearly three-fourths of Egyptians said they opposed U.S. antiterrorism efforts, and four-fifths wanted the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Egyptian attitudes toward Israel are even chillier, despite the landmark 1979 peace treaty. In a 2007 Pew survey, a stunning 80 percent of Egyptians said that the needs of the Palestinian people could never be met as long as Israel exists; just 18 percent said that the two societies could coexist fairly. That was far more pessimistic than the results in Turkey and Lebanon—and essentially no different than the attitude among the Palestinians themselves. “Of all the countries in the Middle East,” Walker says, “the population of Egypt is the most hostile to Israel.”

So, hey, give them the vote. Let them express their hostility thru the ballot box. What could go wrong?

With Egypt's growing population and declining Egyptian oil production the government's continued ability to subsidize food and fuel purchases for its poor seems in doubt. Since half the population lives on under $2 per day or less a failure of the Egyptian government to keep food prices low could easily spark a large scale revolt.

That is Mubarak's Egypt, where about half the population lives on $2 a day or less, and walled compounds with green lawns and swimming pools and names like Swan Lake spring up outside cities. It is a place where those with money have built a parallel world of private schools and exclusive clubs, leaving the rundown cities to the poor.

Egypt's troubles will continue and become more severe regardless of whether a faction of the current elite stays in power or elections sweep an Islamic party into power.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 February 06 11:27 PM  Mideast Poverty

no i don't said at February 7, 2011 9:18 AM:

"Egyptians Hostile To United States" "We are not popular there"

Hmmmm, well, that's just a truism. It would be really interesting to know where in the world the U.S. actually IS popular...

England and Israel at most?

"Egyptian attitudes toward Israel are even chillier,..."

Yeap, and let's not forget that on this side of the world Brazil and Argentina formally acknowledged the Palestinian State -just a copule of months ago-

Mthson said at February 7, 2011 10:38 AM:

Re: No I Don't:

There was a study a few years ago that found US popularity was higher in India than anywhere else. Seems understandable, since India's a future-oriented country. Not being permanently low-IQ/grievance-oriented, unlike most nations, helps as well.

no i don't said at February 10, 2011 6:46 PM:

What study?

Randall Parker said at February 10, 2011 11:13 PM:

no i don't,

Don't be lazy. Go find the study. It would take me about 2 minutes of Google searches to find it. Surely you can do the same.

no i don't said at February 15, 2011 10:11 AM:

Oh Google,
Right, right! Why didn't I think of that sooner...

I mean there could be many -in Google- that contradict themselves. So as I am very lazy, I was hoping to get the TRUE one from you. God forbids I find something different in Google. I just wanted to know your source -if it's not a secret and you want to openly quote it- because I might like to question and test it.

Mental evolution requires open communication and free enquiry.

Thanks anyway.

no i don't said at February 15, 2011 10:15 AM:

Just thought it would be a good idea to quote the sources of your claims.

You know I quote Carl Sagan, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Hawkin, etc.

Remembe the quote: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"??

Boy, are there some extraordinary claims in this blog!

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