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The Pharaoh Strikes Back

Egypt vs. Hezbollah.

May 11, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 32 • By DAVID SCHENKER
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For Washington, Cairo's combativeness is good news that should be encouraged with concrete steps to support Egyptian efforts to counter further Iranian infiltration and subversion. Mubarak's visit to Washington later this month will be a good opportunity to explore how best to pursue this coincidence of interest.

As developments in Egypt suggest, Washington's Arab allies are increasingly concerned about Iranian inroads into the Levant. The preservation of embattled Arab friends should be a key element of U.S. strategy as Washington embarks on its policy of engagement with Tehran. Not only will this strengthen Washington's position at the negotiating table with Tehran, it will ensure that a robust Arab front is in place when the talks ultimately fail.

David Schenker is Aufzien fellow and director of the program on Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.