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Egypt Designates Hamas a Terrorist Organization

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Egypt has officially banned Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliate that operates in the Gaza Strip, and named it a terrorist organization.

An Egyptian court entered the decree on Saturday, Jan. 31, based on reports that Hamas aided Muslim Brotherhood operatives in Egypt carry out terrorist attacks against the Egyptian government, by smuggling weapons from the Gaza Strip into Egypt.

Egypt elected Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, following the Egyptian revolution in 2011, which removed former President Hosnai Mubarak. The Hamas leadership was strongly supportive of Morsi.

Within a short period of time there was a backlash against Morsi for making sweeping changes to Egyptian laws and regulations, in accordance with strict Islamic rule of the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi was removed from office by the Egyptian military, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was subsequently elected president.

“The court ruled to ban the (Hamas) Qassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group,” said Judge Mohamed al-Sayid of the special Cairo court which deals with urgent cases.

HAMAS RESPONSE

The response from Hamas was swift.

“We reject the Egyptian court’s decision against Qassam Brigades. It is a political, dangerous decision that serves only the Zionist occupation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

In addition to denouncing the Egyptian court’s decision, Hamas retaliated by stating it would no longer accept Egypt as a broker between it and Israel, Reuters reported.

U.S. President Barack Obama had essentially knighted Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president with being the official enforcer of the Israeli-Hamas “peace” agreement which ended an armed conflict in November, 2012. At the time, Obama said he “reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Egypt, and welcomed President Morsi’s commitment to regional security.”

But Morsi and his close Hamas relationship was not what the Egyptian people wanted, and the current Egyptian President has now ousted Hamas as well as the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Egyptian court ruled after coordinated terrorist attacks against Egyptian military and police sites in the Sinai Peninsula left more than 25 people dead earlier in the week.

Egypt Marks Anti-Mubarak Uprising by Freeing his Sons and Killing 20

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Egypt has freed the sons of Hosni Mubarak from jail while security forces killed around 20 people, mostly Islamists, protesting on the fourth anniversary of the anti-Mubarak uprising that has left the country with the same kind of dictatorship under a different name.

Gamal and Alaa Mubarak had been in jail for nearly four years until a judge last week ordered them to be freed after they were exonerated on charges of embezzlement

Their father Hosni Mubarak had ruled Egypt with an iron fist until the “Arab Spring” swept into Egypt in the middle of the winter four years ago and, with the open support of the Obama administration, forced him to resign.

A temporary military regime replaced him and continued his legacy of murdering opponents. The Muslim Brotherhood, again with the blessings of Washington, took over after “democratic” elections that to this day are questioned concerning the veracity of the results.

Another uprising forced out the Muslim Brotherhood regime, and Egypt now is under the thumb of former general and now President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, whose security forces “celebrated” the uprising for freedom earlier this week by killing 19 or 20 protesters, depending on which report you want to believe. A policeman also was killed.

Sisi last year announced an outline for democratic reforms, which apparently do not allowed for street demonstrations against his regime.

Now that Mubarak’s sons have been cleared of charges of corruption, the most glaring results of the uprising are more than a thousand graves in the cemetery.

Egypt Beefs Up Security around Foreign Embassies

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Egypt has deployed heavy security around foreign embassies in Cairo because of increased fears of terrorist attacks, according to the Saudi daily Ukaz.

Authorities said that terrorists from the Sinai are planning to attack an embassy and that the Muslim Brotherhood is planning to strike several targets throughout Egypt to undermine the Al-Sisi regime.

Israel Gambles on Future War and Lets Egypt Send More Troops to Sinai

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to an Egyptian request to deploy two infantry battalions and helicopters in the terror-plagued Sinai, another relaxation of the allowed number of Egyptian troops permitted in the Sinai under the 1979 treaty.

Th peace treaty stipulates that Israel must agree to additional troops.

For the time being, Israel is happy that President Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi is fighting Hamas and jihad terror in the Sinai, immediately south of Gaza, where a jihad attack last week killed 31 Egyptian soldiers. Cairo has charged that Hamas was involved in coordinating and carrying out the murders.

This is not the first time Israel has agreed to Egypt’s sending in more armed soldiers into the Sinai, which was used by the Egyptian regime in 1973 to start the Yom Kippur War. The issue rose after the fall of the Mubarak regime, and Knesset Members unsuccessfully argued that legislative approval was necessary before Egypt could beef up its presence in the Sinai, a move which also would give it an opportunity in the future to turns its guns on Israel in the future.

In 2012, Egypt moved in tanks without Israel approval.

“It is clear to everyone that the Egyptians — whether they succeed in dealing with the terror in Sinai or don’t — at some point are going to ask to open the military appendix,” Yediot Acharonot journalist Alex Fishman wrote at the time.. “The meaning of this is that the demilitarization of Sinai will be eroded, which is one of the most important anchors of the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.”

The recent approval to deploy additional soldiers is conditioned on Egypt’s fighting “terrorist organizations,” Army Radio reported.

In the past four years, Egypt has gone through the Mubarak regime, a temporary military regime, the openly anti-Israel and anti-American Muslim Brotherhood government, another temporary military regime and now the government headed by al-Sisi.

What happens if the Islamists take over again, or if Abbas takes over Gaza and convinces Al-Sisi to oppose Israel until” Jerusalem is liberated”?

The Egyptian government will be armed to the teeth in the Sinai with Israel conveniently in range of its tanks.

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.
 

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