S. Florida Jewish Community Keeping An Eye On Egypt

MIAMI (CBS4) – As the political unrest in Egypt continues to send shock waves throughout the Middle East, neighboring Israel, along with the heavy Jewish population here in South Florida, are paying very close attention.

For more on the chaos in Cairo, click here for CBSNews.com’s coverage.

Although Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has preserved the peace treaty between the two countries for 30 years, Jewish-Americans in South Florida fear a regime change in Egypt could put the peace agreement in danger.

“We remember what it was like when Egypt wasn’t a partner and we don’t want to go back to that,” said Rabbi Edwin Goldberg of Temple Judea in Coral Gables.

He added that Israel is monitoring the situation closely, but keeping quiet.

“If they say anything pro or against Mubarak or Egypt, people will say this is a Zionist issue now, and then it complicates everything,” Rabbi Goldberg said.

Marsha Botkin, Executive Director of Temple Judea, worries the ramifications from the turmoil in Egypt could be detrimental to Israeli-Egyptian relations.

“If things become unstable, how is it going to change and who’s going to into that government and how would their outlook be towards Israel and towards the United States,” Botkin asked.

Meanwhile, Jewish-American students at the University of Miami hope the Egyptian government doesn’t make rash decisions.

Sophomore David Podlofsky, a sophomore, doesn’t want to return to a situation of hostility between Israel, Egypt or Jordan.

“When things like this happen politicians make decisions they might not usually make,” Podlofsky said.

And although the treaty between Egypt and Israel has been called a “cold peace”, UM student Adam Berger hopes things stay the course.

“As a Jewish-American I hope that whoever transitions…would stay along the lines at how Egypt Israel now…on a cold peace…that’s what my hope would be,” Berger said.

  • Amal

    plz america stop supporting the so called israel against us.we just want to live here in the middleeast,our lands,in peace.we dont want any thing from you.leave us alone ,let us llive the kind of life we chose and suits us.stop interfering in our political,economic,social ,religious life.the fact is that u need us and not that we need u,we are i.e the arab people,stonger and powerful,we can live without your support or donations,but you support dictators to rule us to impelement your agenda in stealing our assets,money ,petrol and most important,stealing our freedom,our life.you know that if arab nations,not leaders,got control over their life and assets its going to be your end.america ,you want to have control over the world and you think we do ,hahah,this is really stupid,GOD created people on earth to live and let live ,you live and i live.this is a simple lesson to a newly born nation of 600 years old from a a7000 thousand years old nation.hope you are a good student.dont forget to tell your (lovely baby,israel) this simple lesson befor its late.

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