To prop up his regime. He told them, only I can keep you safe from evil and threatening Israel. I spent two months studying Arabic in Cairo and I met plenty of Egyptians who wanted to visit and see Israel for themselves, but Mubarak and his secret police prevented or intimidated them from going. Mubarak was no friend to the peace process, merely a self-interested disctator who played everyone to his own ends. Let's reach out to the Egyptian people, express our awe at their battle against tyranny, support any gov't that arises that doesn't call for our desctruction, even if it is Islamist. Let's offer the aid which will doubtless be needed once the flames die down. Let's show that we are a good neighbor before the political winds start to blow.
Labor court orders Jerusalem light rail operators to return to work (Haaretz)
from the article: The Egyptian masses won't play ally to Israel