ElBaradei: Democratic Egypt won't be anti-Israel, US

Egyptian opposition leader says he won't negotiate until Mubarak resigns, fears of anarchy are a government ploy.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 3, 2011 09:46
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Egyptian supporters surround ElBaradei as he arriv

ElBaradei Cairo 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei said that claims that a democratic Egypt "will become hostile" to Israel and the US are "hype," overnight Wednesday.

"The hype that once Egypt becomes a democracy, it will become hostile to the US and hostile to Israel - I mean, these are the two hypes and are fictions," he said in an interview with CBS News.

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ElBaradei also said he will "never get into a dialogue while Mubarak is in power."

"Because all what you [by negotiating with Mubarak] do is give that regime a legitimacy, which in my view, they have lost," he added. "But more importantly - I don't think he understand what democracy means. I don't think he understands that he really needs to, you know, let go."

The former IAEA chief said that there will not be a power vacuum if Mubarak resigns immediately, and that raising fears of anarchy are a government ploy.

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