MK Attias: If Obama Treats Mubarak This Way, What Will Be With Us?
MK Ariel Attias, Housing Minister (from Kikar - my translation):
"When the moment of truth comes, then those that you think are with you do an about face. If the U.S. is treating Mubarak this way, where the relationship is bilateral, what can we say ourselves? Therefore, we must look toward heaven and to rely solely on Hakadosh Baruch Hu."
(See also this article from Reuters that tells of other Israelis agreeing with this.)
The Kal VaHomer of MK Attias, if I understand it correctly, is like this: Mubarak pretty much listens to everything President Obama tells it to do. Still, the Obama Administration is partially abandoning him - and telling him that he needs reforms, somewhat supporting the protesters. Israel, on the other hand, doesn't listen to everything President Obama tells it to do (I wish they'd listen to even less than they actually do). All the more so will Israel be abandoned by the U.S. in its time of need. As the Gemara in Sotah warns us, during the Ikveta Dimshiha, the only One to rely on is our Father in Heaven.
As dictatorial as Mubarak is, he is very likely better than any alternative for Egypt in the near future. Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a knows this well too. MK Attias from Shas is following in his footsteps. If Mubarak is replaced, we will truly be a nation that dwells alone. Egypt's cold peace will become a non-peace, Jordan may follow suit, and the U.S. cannot be trusted either. אין לנו להשען אלא על אבינו שבשמים.