New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman criticized Israel's lack of support for the Egyptian people in an op-ed article Sunday, saying "the children of Egypt were having their liberation moment and the children of Israel decided to side with Pharaoh – right to the very end."
Friedman stated that he was worried about Israel's future because in a time when the Middle East is beginning a period of great change, "Israel today has the most out-of-touch, in-bred, unimaginative and cliché-driven cabinet it has ever had."
He said that during the crisis the Israeli approach was to attempt to convince the Obama Administration to support Hosni Mubarak against the protesters calling for his ouster as Egyptian president, and to say "Look at us! Look at us! We told you so! We are the only stable country in the region, because we are the only democracy.’’
Freidman slammed the government for, on the one hand, saying Israel is Washington's only reliable ally because it is a democracy but contradicting this by saying "whatever you do don’t abandon Mubarak and open the way there for democracy.’’