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Muslim Brothers after Ashton Meeting: She Offered Nothing

11 Av 5773 – July 18, 2013
They told her they rejected as "illegitimate" the military's plan to restore democracy.

Navy Arrested Major Weapons Smuggling Operation on High Seas

10 Av 5773 – July 16, 2013
If there is any question why Israel has enforced a maritime cargo on the Gaza Coast, it was removed with the release of a gag order that the Navy stopped a weapons smuggling ship in the Red Sea.

Egypt Crushes Hamas, Plans All-Out War on Sinai Terrorists

8 Av 5773 – July 14, 2013
Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. The Egyptian military demolished hundreds of smuggling tunnels in and out of Hamas-controlled Gaza Sunday and is preparing for an all-our onslaught of Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorists in the Sinai, Egyptian media reported. The Egyptian offensive is a political and military shock to Hamas, with reverberations in Ramallah and Washington, on the eve of yet another attempt by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to re-ignite the “peace process.” “The reduction in smuggling will make it difficult for Hamas to maintain the level of its revenues, and therefore it will be hard pressed to contain the protests against its rule,” according to the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS). “It will also be difficult to infiltrate weapons into Gaza, mainly enhanced rockets and surface-to-surface missiles.” The Egyptian Aswat Masriya media outlet reported that 805 tunnels along the smuggling route, centered in the border city of Rafiah, were destroyed. Most of the tunnels have been used to smuggle fuel into Gaza. The Egyptian army will also close the Rafiah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” an official source told Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. It placed a severe siege on Hamas but without a peep from the international community, which still condemns Israel for the maritime embargo that is aimed at preventing the import of terrorists and weapons from the sea. Terrorists in Rafiah targeted a military checkpoint Saturday, but no casualties were reported, and Egypt opened the Rafiah border crossing for four hours Saturday to allow humanitarian cases to cross the border. The tunnels have been a key route for terrorists to travel freely back and forth to the Sinai Peninsula and establish terrorist outposts aimed at staking out bases for attack on Egyptian tourist areas, such as El Arish, as well as urban areas. The army killed at least five terrorists on Friday, but Egyptian media reported a larger-scale offensive is in the works after an attempted assassination of Second Field Army commander Maj. Gen. Ahmed Wasfy on Wednesday. Egypt is using heavy arms and warplanes, maneuvers that are prohibited under the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979 without Israel’s approval. With the unstable and radical anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood out of power, thanks to the military “impeachment” or coup – take your pick – Israel is not blocking any offense, “Security sources confirmed that Israel does not mind that the Egyptian forces use heavy artillery and warplanes during the operation which is expected to start very soon” military sources confirmed to the official television on Saturday. Official added, “The army had decided to cleanse the Sinai of armed gangs and terrorists "The operation will continue until it reaches its objectives, which are not only military but also aim to develop the Sinai.” Meanwhile, state media have reported Friday that two Egyptian Apache helicopters hovered over olive groves south of El-Arish before they fired shells at bunkers of Jihadist gunmen who were preparing to attack army checkpoints. The Egyptian Air Force on Saturday sent in two Apache helicopters to gun down jihadists after it received intelligence information that they were hiding in olive groves and preparing to attack military checkpoints. On Friday, an Egyptian helicopter was seen in the skies over Gaza for the first time since the Six-Day War in 1967. The Hamas terrorist organization is an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore is a natural enemy of the military that ousted Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago. Hams has denied Egyptian military statements that its soldiers jailed 32 Hamas terrorists and arrested dozens others in the Sinai Peninsula last week. Hamas figuratively shot itself in the head last August when it mounted a severe attack on the Egyptian army, killing 16 soldiers near Rafiah in a multi-pronged attack that was intended to continue into Israel but was foiled at the last minute by the IDF. Ever since, Hamas has been an undeclared enemy, and even the Morsi regime was suspicious of it. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority also is benefiting from Hamas’ miseries but is suppressing its joy because Hamas has widespread support among Arabs in Judea and Samaria who are fed up with chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Any moves by the Secretary of State Kerry to win some kind of a forum between Israeli and Palestinian Authority are a useless exercise without the inclusion of Gaza. Another fallout of the offensive against Hamas might be negative for Israel in the near-term. “The motivation of Hamas and jihadi elements from Sinai to launch attacks against Israel is increasing,” INSS thinks.

Report: Egypt in Undeclared War on Hamas, Kills 30, Arrests 200

5 Av 5773 – July 11, 2013
Hamas is on the run. Virtually boycotted by Abbas, hated by Assad and distrusted by Iran and a diagnosed by Israel as a cancer, Egypt reportedly has killed 30 Hamas terrorists in the Sinai.

Palestinian Source: Hamas Isolated, Facing Crisis

This is the organization's most difficult time, after losing its allies in the region, led by Mohamed Morsi.

Israelis Anxious As Egypt Crisis Continues

4 Av 5773 – July 10, 2013
JERUSALEM – With Egyptian civil unrest continuing between supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Israeli military units beefed up their aerial surveillance along the entire border with Egypt. That frontier stretches from the Red Sea resort city of Eilat across the southern Negev desert to the Gaza Strip.

Tough Congressional Language Limits Obama’s Options On Egypt Crisis

WASHINGTON – When it comes to foreign assistance, American law couldn’t be clearer: A coup d’etat suspends funding, period.

Egypt Names New Prime Minister with Salafist Agreement

3 Av 5773 – July 9, 2013
Egypt’s interim government has named economist Hazem el-Beblawi as the prime minister, the post that was supposed to taken over by Mohamed ElBaradei until...

Report: Terrorists Targeting Arab-Israelis in Sinai

The London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awasat newspaper reported Tuesday that armed terror cells affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Hamas and al-Qaeda, are poised...

A Coup by Any Other Name Allows US Aid to Continue

2 Av 5773 – July 8, 2013
While the government lawyers are looking into the matter, the hands on the US aid spigot will ignore the "c" (coup) word, and U.S. aid to Egypt will continue flowing.

Hundreds of Chicago Muslims March for Morsi

Hundreds of Chicago Muslims marched in support of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Sunday and held signs condemning the Egyptian military, the Chicago Tribune...

34 Morsi Supporters Killed by Soldiers

Muslim Brotherhood officials and an Egyptian health ministry official have confirmed that 34 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi were killed by security forces...

Putin Declares Egypt on Brink of Civil War

"Syria is already in the grips of the civil war ... and Egypt is moving in the same direction," Russian President Vladimir Putin told...

Pro and Anti-Morsi Mobs Take to the Streets

1 Av 5773 – July 7, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi took to the streets Sunday as Egyptian Air Force planes flew...

Cairo Institute: Morsi Systematically Abused the Rule of Law

One year after Morsi became president, it is now clear that the priority of the presidency was to firmly establish a new authoritarian regime.

Copt Shot

The political violence is turning into a religious war - if it wasn't one already/

Backlash Forcing Interim President to Cancel ElBaradei Appointment

A senior Muslim Brotherhood spokesman told Reuters the group rejects ElBaradei's appointment.

Egypt Turning Into Syria as Youths Thrown off Roof (Graphic Video)

Violence in the streets underscores the irreparable rift that is turning Egypt into Syria.

Monsour Backtracks: ElBaradei Not Appointed PM

Interim Egyptian President Adly Monsour backtracked on Saturday night, and said that ElBaradei was not appointed as Prime Minister of Egypt, following the military...

“Iranian Agent” ElBaradei Appointed Interim Egyptian PM

29 Tammuz 5773 – July 6, 2013
The man Israel has accused of being an Iranian agent has been appointed as Prime Minister of Egypt.

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