Israel, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the big, nearby players surrounding Egypt and watching the goings-on with rapt attention.
The Israeli populous tuned in on the internet on Facebook and the airwaves with Twitter and television to keep an eye on their biggest and newest falling enemy, former Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi.
Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz thinks that Morsi went way to far too fast with his agenda, which was clearly anti-Israel, pro-terrorist and pro-Islam. Others in Israel, like much of the rest of the world, see a potential civil war in the bordering country.
Turkey views its Islam in a rather secular way and in that respect is similar to the growing Egyptian majority who feel the same way about issues like the establishment of Sharia law. Morsi was called a “religious dictator” by th Sozcu daily publication. But others in the press see a big problem when democratic processes are overruled by a military organization and fear the implications of that kind of precedent elsewhere in the region.
Saudia Arabia seems to have put their intelligence resources behind the Egyptian generals who coordinated the coup. The Al-Watan newspaper has nothing but praise for brave efforts of the Egyptian military to right what was wrong in the country.
Iran ironically is advising Egypt’s government to listen to the people and take actions to address their concerns. Maybe they understood at some level how tenuous Morsi’s grip was on the newly formed government and were sincerely trying to show him the way to stay in power. The comments came from Abbas Araqchi who was representing the Foreign Ministry in his statements.