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Cablegate: Egypt Media Trends for July 25, 2006

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Brooke F Adams 08/06/2006 02:07:06 PM From DB/Inbox: Brooke F Adams

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SUBJECT: EGYPT MEDIA TRENDS FOR JULY 25, 2006


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1. Summary. Today,s Egyptian major developing story in
Egyptian media
was President Mubarak,s statement before departing for Saudi
Arabia
during which he declared the current situation in Lebanon as
"destructive chaos." Headlines continued to be strongly
negative
toward perceived US involvement in the conflict, and
opposition papers
used emotion-invoking photos to stir sentiment against the US
and
Israel. Commentaries have focused largely on "US efforts to
create a
new Middle East" in negative tones, and at least one opinion
poll shows
that the majority of voters believe the conflict will widen.
End
summary.

2. Destructive Chaos. The major developing story of the day
was
President Mubarak,s trip to Saudi Arabia to meet with King
Abdullah and
his strong pre-departure statement. As picked up by all
major news
outlets, he spoke critically of the US,s efforts thus far.
He said,
"The fighting is horrible and the process has not been
rightly
calculated, only women and children are paying the price."
If the
Rome conference does not produce tangible results, the
situation will
be drastic and the parties will not find a way out. The U.S.
has
certain circumstances. The Arab and Islamic countries have
also
certain circumstances and they all want an immediate
ceasefire. What
about Rice,s visit? I saw many statements. But in any case
we are
witnessing destructive chaos, not constructive chaos."

3. In the headlines. Pro-government dailies, Al-Akhbar,
Al-Ahram and
Gomhouriyya focused first on Mubarak,s meeting with Saudi
King Abdullah
and his calls for immediate cease-fire. Al-Akhbar,s front
page main
story quoted his warning of a "humanitarian crisis if the
confrontation
continues." Al Ahram and Gomhouriyya bannered Mubarak,s call
for an
immediate cease-fire and warning over the gravity of the
situation.
Al-Akhbar,s pages 8 and 9 included a story with a large
photo of
Secretary Rice,s meeting with Siniora under the headlines,

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"After
rejecting her proposal which puts all the eggs in one basket,
Rice
meets Olmert today in Israel after a negative meeting with
Berri in
Beirut." The second story on the front-page of Al-Ahram
reported that
"Rice calls for cease-fire immediately after paralyzing
Hezbollah."
Today,s banner headline in opposition daily, Al Wafd, which
has been
one of the most critical papers of the US, used a quote by
Al-Wafd
party chairman, "American Injustice is the Greatest Factory
for
Producing Terrorism." In keeping with its shocking visual
effects, Al
Wafd,s front page also included pictures of an injured baby,
an Israeli
tank, and a picture below of Secretary Rice embracing
Lebanese Prime
Minister Siniora, with a large banner reading, "The Child and
the Tank.
Rice Says She is Worried about the Humanitarian Situation in
Lebanon."
Gomhouriyya reported that "Israel destroys ten houses in
Beirut for
every missile on Haifa."

4. In the commentaries. Today,s commentaries showed a
continuation of
the theme, "America,s new Middle East" and use of the
ongoing war in
Iraq as a comparison to the US "goals" in Lebanon. Large
circulation,
pro-government daily, Al-Akhbar,s editor-in-chief asked Rice
in his
editorial, "Does the US want to replicate the freedom to
kill, and the
democracy of destruction, that have been prevailing in
Iraq over the
past three years?" Columnists in Al-Wafd accuse "the new
Ameri-Zionist
plot of destroying the Islamic identity of Muslims" and liken
Israel to
"gangsters who commit crimes on behalf of someone else to get
aid and
vetoes in return." Pro-government, Al-Ahram, columnists
accuse
Secretary Rice of "waiting for more bloodshed in order to

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achieve her
new Middle East," glorify the "resistance in Lebanon and
Palestine,"
and bash the US for "redesigning the Middle East," and for
"using Hamas
and Hezbollah as excuses for bringing about a new Middle East
which
suits US interests."

5. Public opinion. An Egyptian website portal, masrawy.com
(similar
to yahoo with Arabic-only content), conducts online opinion
polls
regarding pressing issues. The current poll asks people to
predict how
the "Israeli war on Lebanon" will end. The votes continue to
roll in,
but as of today: 1,001 votes (6.4 percent) think the war
will end with
Israel,s assassination of Sheikh Nasrallah; 3,092 votes
(18.9 percent)
think the war will end with Israel,s submission to
Hezbollah,s demands;
1,560 votes (10 percent) think that Hezbollah will submit as
losses
increase; and 9,886 votes (63 percent) do not think the war
will end,
but will expand to include other countries.
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