Israel's part in Egypt's revolution
As Egypt today marks 60 years since the Free Officers' coup of 1952, Khaled Diab explains how the creation of Israel sparked a revolution in Egypt, and how Nasser, the legendary champion of the pan-Arab cause, once sought peace with the Jewish state.
Monday marks the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Not the Tahrir Square revolution that began last year – that is on 25 January – but the 23 July revolution of 1952. At a recent event I attended in Ramallah to mark the occasion, an Egyptian diplomat said that 2011 was a continuation of 1952.