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People in the Jewish Community in Central Oregon are keeping close tabs on Egypt.  Local Rabbi Jay Shupack lived in Israel for five years and visits Israel a month at a time on a regular basis. He's been here for 11 years, but still keeps close tabs on what's happening in the Middle East. He says what happens in Egypt will affect Israel and the stability of the entire Middle East: "It's a very strategic place.  A very ancient place; has enormous history to it.  Enormous passions surrounding some of these ideas; and does not have a tradition of freedom, so its going to be very difficult to have the birth of freedom in a place that never had it.  I look back at Iran, I believe it was 1979, but there were initially some democratic forces and then it became completely hijacked by radical Islamists forces and you could see the same thing happen in Egypt very easily, very easily. About 60 families make up the Jewish Community of Central Oregon.

 

 

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