It has long been an ambition. Now it is becoming reality. But strange the one who makes it happen.
Egypt is an energy hub.
Not long ago she sold off share at cut rate prices. Not long after that she was begging fuel from international partners.
Then an enormous natural gas field was discovered, giving promise of self-sufficiency.
Came the bombshell: Importing more.
Came the explanation: To liquify, and then export.
Came the confusion: Israel.
As some gasped at the deal the government nodded. Private sector, but an awaited development.
Given infrastructure and a large consumer market, Egypt positioned herself to profit from regional exploration and extraction.
Israel is the first client, having discovered large fields shortly before. Others may emerge.
God, may they find a good partner.
Help shared economics promote common peace. Egypt has strengthened ties with Greece and Cyprus; now even Israel is drawn closer.
Keep contested economics from sparking further tensions. Turkey eyes developments warily; Sudan and Ethiopia jostle over Nile water.
God, there are details to confirm and obstacles to overcome.
But bless Egypt in the management of her resources. May she build a foundation, and distribute well.
Let not her ambition trump her reality. She is still a long way from prosperity.
But God, let it happen. Allow Egypt to rise.