Watching Egypt from Israel
These are thrilling times for democrats in Egypt and the Arab world. But for Israel and Israel's friends here in Montreal, they are a desperate worry. Egypt sits on Israel's souther border and dwarfs it: 80 million Egyptians outnumber Israelis by more than 11 to one. Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel and is one of only two Arab nations along with Jordan to recognise Israel. Next to its relationship with the United States, Israel's relationship to Egypt is its most important. With the departure of Hosni Mubarak, that relationship could change fundamentally, it could see the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and could put the peace treaty in play. We spoke to Sara Saber Freedman. She's the executive vice-president of the Canada-Israel Committee.