Former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, said, Thursday, that the end of the era of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak does not point to the beginning of a new era for Israel's north African neighbor. Mubarak faces the death penalty in a trial that started Wednesday on charges he ordered the shooting of anti-government demonstrators at the start of the year. The former president is also charged with corruption.
Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Mazel said Mubarak was the sanest leader in the region, adding, "He was, all in all, a moderate dictator. What stopped industrial development in Egypt was, in fact, Islam, which prevents economic development by establishing a tribal society...." He continued, "To think that, from now on, everything will be better is not serious and very hypocritical. The Mubarak trial is a very bad milestone. It won't result in good change. We expect a period of instability that could also harm Israel."