Jefrey Goldberg notices that the American neo-cons and the Israelis have split over what they wish for Egypt. The neo-cons want democracy now, period. The Israelis are fine with Egyptian democracy assuming it can be trusted - but what if it can't? (Not that there's anything Israel can do about it anyway). Jeffrey also notes that this break sort of doesn't fit the narrative about how the neo-cons are the Israelis, or their stooges in America, or whatever it is people like Juan Cole like to say.
May I remind everyone that when Israel made peace with Egypt in 1978, at some considerable price, we thought we were making peace with the Egyptians? Eventually it turned out we hadn't, we'd merely made a very cold peace with the ruling Egyptian clique, but that wasn't our choice, nor our doing, nor anything we could influence one way or the other.
In the meantime there have been various experiments in Arab democracy. The one in Algeria ended extremely disastrously. The one in Iraq is still underway, and we should all hope for the best but without holding our breath. The one in Lebanon doesn't seem to have worked that well. Then there's Palestine, where in 2006 the Americans forced Israel and the PA to accept Hamas as a legitimate party in elections. That didn't work out so well either, did it.
After WW2 the Americans made sure the Nazis couldn't run in West German elections, and they still can't till this very day. If I'm not mistaken, in the US itself the communists were not allowed to run. Sometimes unfettered elections are not the best way to achieve freedom or even democracy.
Apropos what the Israelis think, here's Netanyahu yesterday. Spoken by a different sort of man, many would hail such talk as nuanced and sophisticated.