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Egypt Postpones Israel-Gaza Peace Talks Due to Terror Attacks

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after consultation with his council of ministers, announced a state of emergency in northern Sinai. The decision was made following several simultaneous attacks against Egyptian security forces on Friday which left 31 officers dead and nearly as many wounded.

That state of emergency means that the Rafah border from Gaza into Egypt is closed indefinitely. The Rafah crossing is the only Gaza border not controlled by Israel. In addition, there will be an evening curfew in the border area for three months.

And on Sunday, Oct. 26, Egypt informed Hamas that it is postponing the Israel-Gaza peace talks. This is because Egypt appears to believe that Palestinian Arabs were involved in the attacks against Egypt on Friday.

A Hamas official in Gaza, according to YNet, said that his organization was notified that the peace talks between the Palestinian Arab and Israeli delegations, scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 27, have been postponed.

Hamas attempted to mollify Egypt by sending condolences for the attacks and by referring to Egypt as “the guardian of the Palestinian people.”

Another proposal under discussion for dealing with the security issue is to establish a three-kilometer security zone along Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip.

Egypt’s Council of Ministers also proposed the establishment of military courts to try civilians accused of certain security offenses, such as blocking roads or attacking public property, Reuters reported.

Egypt in State of Emergency after Sinai Terrorists’ Massacre 33 Soldiers

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency Saturday after terrorists carried out a deadly assault in the northern Sinai, killing 33 Egyptian troops.

Al-Sisi charged that “this operation had a foreign fund to execute” he attack against the Egyptian army… to break the back of Egypt and Egyptians.”

A car bomb blew up at an army checkpoint, and armed terrorists fired on soldiers at another checkpoint.

Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing into Gaza.

No one has taken responsibility for the attack, but most analysts have concluded it was organized by the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group.

The Bedfellows Are Getting Stranger and Stranger

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Middle East has apparently not yet finished shifting and realigning for the near term.

The ouster of Mahmoud Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Egyptian president, and his replacement with the anti-Muslim Brotherhood al-Sisi represented a public and dramatic shifting of alliances in the Middle East. Both Egypt and Israel distrust Hamas more than they mistrust each other. Turkey is no longer friends with Egypt, but may be moving closer to its erstwhile competitor for regional hegemon, Iran. Saudi Arabia mistrusts Shia Iran more than it mistrusts Israel, and then along came ISIS and scattered the dice yet again.

ISIS is a very serious threat to Saudi Arabia, as it already has acquired a swath of Iraq, which is to the Kingdom’s north. And ISIS is a threat to Iran, as it has acquired a swath through Syria, which abuts Iran.

Now ISIS has begun threatening not only Lebanon, where it at least temporarily captured a city, but the foremost terrorist group on the planet is now breathing down tiny Jordan’s neck, and that isn’t good for anyone in the region.

According to journalist Eli Lake, Even before the ISIS offensive in Iraq, supporters of the group had tweeted maps showing the city of Ma’an in southern Jordan, as part of a regional Caliphate. Last week, a photo from Ma’an showed ISIS supporters holding a banner declaring the city, “the Fallujah of Jordan,” comparing it to the city in Western Iraq fell to ISIS in January.

There are some reports that Jordan is already relying on Israeli intelligence regarding ISIS.

“There is a very good cooperation between us regarding ISIS’ growing presence in Iraq and Syria, but also on issues relating to other radical forces in the Middle East which have their sights set on Israel and Jordan,” a Jordanian diplomatic source told YNet.

 Meanwhile, the not terribly reliable Russian news source Press TV reported that ISIS is actually a creation of Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia.
 

Details of Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Egypt begins its ceasefire proposal by blowing its own horn that the initiative comes from “its historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed.”

Talk about chutzpah. That is like a white supremacist trying to preach equality. How many people did the Mubarak, Muslim Brotherhood and al-Sisi people kill during protests against their regimes. Was it 2,000 or 3,000?

“Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party.”

Wait a minute, Egypt. It is not in the t interest of the civilized world that the Hamas terrorist infrastructure be destroyed?

The al-Sisi regime’s proposal first demands, “Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.”

Is the maritime blockade against the smuggling of terrorists and weapons into Gaza a “hostility”? Does this proposal mean that Israel must open the seas for Iran to send even more advanced weapons to Gaza?

Egypt demands from Hamas, “All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.

“Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.”

What does “stable” mean? A ceasefire that lasts two hours? Or two days? Or maybe even two weeks?

Does “stable “mean that Gaza terrorists attacked Israel “only” with one or two Kassam rockets?

“ Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.

“Method of implementation of the initiative:

“ It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.”

Apparently, the blanks means that neither Hamas nor Israel is ready to sign as of yet. Making the proposal public is intended to pressure both sides to do so.

“ High-level delegations from both the Israeli government and the Palestinian factions shall be hosted in Cairo within 48 hours of the initiation of the initiative’s implementation, in order to conclude talks for the consolidation of the ceasefire and resume confidence-building measures between the two sides; talks shall be held with each of the two sides separately (in accordance with the agreements for the consolidation of de-escalation in Cairo in 2012).”

In other words, the “peace process” now will involve Hamas and Israel, with Cairo brokering the talks. Next step is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s getting on stage again and playing out another round of peace talks, with Hamas and Fatah sitting as peace partners for Israel.

Russia Buying Out US Influence with $2 Billion Arms Deal for Egypt

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Egyptian army chief and probable next president, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, landed in Moscow Wednesday and is expected to sign up with Russia for a $2 billion arms deal in another move that could diminish American influence over Cairo as well as the entire Middle East.

After the Obama administration openly warned the Egyptian regime last year,it could face cuts in military aid from Washington because of its undemocratic policies, Saudi Arabia stepped into the break to offer help to Egypt.

The United States pooh-poohed the idea that it was losing its clout in Cairo, but Russia now is set to take advantage of Saudi financial aid to Egypt and boost its defense sales and to further erode the Obama administration’s position.

Al-Sisi’s is on his first foreign visit since he replaced ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Russia’s foreign and defense ministers visit Cairo last November.

Russia has become a major thorn in the side of President Barack Obama over Syria and Iran. At the same time, the Arab world is increasingly fed up with the president’s foreign policy. Obama’s “engagement” with Iran has disappointed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The former American administrations’ military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have left behind anarchy, violence and rabid anti-Americanism.

It is no wonder that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is willing to go for broke for a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. That would restore America’s shine to some extent, but if a deal is made, which is unlikely, and if it falls apart in the future, which is more than probably, the United States will be in a weaker position in the Middle East.

Egypt Approves Constitution, but Brotherhood Boycotted Vote

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Egyptians gave landslide support for a proposed new constitution after two days of voting, but the Muslim Brotherhood boycotted the balloting, which was accompanied by violence, ballot stuffing and bribes.

An official told the Associated Press that 90 percent of the voters cast a “yes” vote, but BuzzFeed reported that it obtained documents that provided evidence that the voting was a “disaster” for democracy.

The ruling military regime needs lopsided approval for the constitution to help it drive the Muslim Brotherhood into the ground and pave the way for army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president.

Pro-Muslim Brotherhood groups blocked roads so people could get to the polling stations, and they also bribed people not to vote.

One activist told BuzzFeed, “What I saw at the polling stations were not just problems’ they were disasters.” He said army personnel stationed inside the polling station handed out gifts to voters, and he also “saw two women taking extra ballots and putting them in the box.”

One international election observation monitor said there was an atmosphere of intimidation in the polling stations.

Outside the voting locations, Muslim Brotherhood protests clashed with Egyptian police, and eight people were killed in two clashes on Tuesday.

Egypt’s Liberal Party on Antisemitic Rant against Time Magazine

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The head of Egypt’s Liberal Party, Dr. Medhat Najib, is upset at Time magazine.

Time had a reader poll for “person of the year.” Egyptians stuffed the ballot boxes to vote for Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, and he won. Popular pro-Sisi Egyptian newspapers ran daily stories urging readers to vote.

Time doesn’t choose the person of the year based on votes, though. Its editors choose who will be named the biggest newsmaker.

Yesterday, Time revealed its Top Ten list of candidates for Person of the Year – and Sisi is not on the list.

Najib is furious, saying that time violated all professional rules by not including Sisi. Moreover, he says, Time is owned by a Jew (I couldn’t figure out the name, something like Jules Meyer – of course, Time is a publicly traded company and has no single “owner”).

He said that Time’s snub “reveals the dirty war waged by the Western media against Egypt… This is not new for the Western media, which is controlled by Jews and Zionists, to stand against al-Sisi.”

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