Analysis by Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
"CAIRO, May 23 (IPS) - On his trip to the region this week, U.S. President George W. Bush dismayed even his staunchest Arab allies by expressing unprecedented levels of U.S. support for Israel. In a rare sign of Egyptian displeasure with Washington, President Hosni Mubarak left a major economic summit before Bush had a chance to deliver a scheduled address.
"The incident revealed serious tensions between Cairo and Washington," Emad Gad, expert on Israeli affairs at the semi-official al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, told IPS......
"Bush spoke as if Israel were part of the U.S.," Gamal Zahran, independent MP and political science professor at Suez Canal University told IPS. "His statements revealed long-held beliefs that past U.S. administrations have tried to hide: that American support for Israel is absolute, and that the Arab side is of virtually no value." Officials from Palestinian resistance faction Hamas said Bush's statements were more apropos of "a Zionist rabbi" than of a U.S. president. ......."