His dire predictions of the results of democracy in the middle-east are more in line with his own perception of himself standing between radicalism and stability...and much less so the sentiments of the populations involved. The Iranian regime did not rise from democracy, Hamas didn't win the elections as much as Fatah lost them, and would lose miserably if elections were held today. One thing for sure though, the longer the despotic regimes of the middle-east continue without instituting reforms, the more entrenched and organized the radical elements will become. Case in point is Egypt's own MB. They are the most organized opposition group only because everyone else accepted the status quo of political repression. Had Mubarak not repressed any political opposition, there'd be other viable popular political groups that would be just as organized and maybe even stronger than the MB. And let's face it, the Iranian regime is more comparable to his than anything else, and is just as vulnerable to popular unrest that's sweeping the middle-east. Islam is NOT what's driving it.
MK Amir Peretz tells Hatnua Leader Livni he intends to return to Labor Party (Haaretz)
from the article: Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation