Diplomats say they hope the recent attack on Israel’s embassy in Egypt was an isolated incident.
Then again, that ignores the rather salient point that they are, at bottom, diplomats.
The unvarnished truth seems to be that the “Arab spring” has given rise to a strong cold front in relations between Israel and its most peaceful neighbors. Security was beefed up in recent days at the Israeli embassy in Jordan – another country that long ago made peace with the Jewish state – after the Egyptian assault and the creation of a Facebook page calling for a “million-man protest” at the Israeli embassy in Amman on Thursday. Organizers make no bones about their hopes the embassy will be besieged and the Israeli flag torn down.
The restlessness in the Arab world may be mostly about conditions under the despots in those countries, but the hatred of Jews, and America for that matter, is never far below the surface.
Egyptian authorities stood by and watched as a mob breached the outer wall and then the Israeli embassy itself. The staff had already been evacuated, but a handful of guards remained and retreated to the upper floors – where they used fire extinguishers to repel attackers climbing the exterior. Just before the mob could break into the guards’ room, an Egyptian commando unit arrived.
Had the mob harmed the few remaining Israeli guards, the incident could’ve become yet another flash point in that explosive region. But that’s just what some Israel-haters want.
Isolated incident? We’ll see – as early as Thursday.