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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Egypt's Press Raises a Stink

CAIRO -- Egypt's press Thursday greeted Israel's hardline Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a flood of insults on his first visit to an Arab country since his election seven weeks ago.


"Oh you rotten one, you are soiling our land. You are a hated, abominable guest and people curse you in the street. Our pure earth is nauseated by your polluted footsteps," wrote Mostafa Bakry, editor of the opposition, anti-Zionist daily Al-Ahrar.


Egypt's opposition press and Syrian papers have capitalized on the resemblance of the first syllable of Netanyahu's name to the Arabic word for "putrid."


Even Egypt's state-owned dailies joined in the Netanyahu-bashing. "The Israeli prime minister imagines that he can get everything for Israel: land, peace, security and regional co-operation, without giving the others anything ... [trying to hold onto peace and land] is childish thinking," said Ibrahim Nafei, editor-in-chief of the influential Al-Ahram daily.


The official al-Akhbar's cartoonist and columnist Ahmed Ragab depicted Netanyahu's car barred from entering Cairo with a message:


"If you're visiting Cairo so that we can understand your point of view, we've already heard it. And if you're here to hear our point of view, you already know it. So this visit is really over before it's even begun. Goodbye."