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State Dept. Spokeswoman’s Blooper: “US Position on Egypt ‘Ridiculous’

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

U.S. State Dept. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki showed exhaustion from having to parrot absurd American policy and was caught on a “hot mike” last week saying that her department’s lack of reaction to an Egyptian court acquittal of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on murder charges was “ridiculous.”

Psaki and her sidekick Marie Harf entertain reporters every weekday with non-answers to questions, which is the job of spokesmen. Their function is to defend their bosses, no matter how stupid they sound.

That is why Psaki constantly ignores incitement by the Palestinian Authority and constantly calls on Israel not to take any action that would “inflame tensions” after terrorist attacks.

That also is why she kept a straight face when questioned by reporters about the Egyptian decision. She set a near record for then number of times saying “no comment” in several different ways.

One reporter opened the issue by asking, “Do you have any reaction to the court’s decision dropping the charges against former President Mubarak?”

Psaki answered, “Generally, we continue to believe that upholding impartial standards of accountability will advance the political consensus on which Egypt’s long-term stability and economic growth depends,” she said. “But beyond that, I would refer you to the Egyptian government.”

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, one of the few daily briefing reports who asks Psaki and hardball questions, couldn’t restrain himself.

 But I – wow. I don’t understand that at all. What does that mean? You believe that – of course you do. But was that – were those standards upheld in this case?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have anything – any specific comment on the case. I’d point you to the Egyptian Government.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) justice was served? Do you think justice was served in this case?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have anything specific on the case…..

QUESTION: — to argue with you or ask about the comment. Are you trying to understand what is – does – this decision means?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have anything more for you.

Do we have anything more on Egypt?

QUESTION: Do Egyptians explain to you what’s going on?

MS. PSAKI: We obviously remain in close touch with the Egyptians, but I don’t have anything more to peel back for you….

QUESTION: Yeah, but I mean, Transparency International is basically disappointed with that. And some international organizations have also expressed concern over, like, dropping all the charges against Mubarak, who’s accused of having murdered – having ordered the murder of protestors…and also corruption, other things. And so you’re not willing to show your concern over that?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we speak frequently, including in annual reports, about any concerns we have about – whether its rule of law or freedom of speech, freedom of media, and we do that on a regular basis. I just don’t have anything more specifically for you on this case.”

Lee persisted and said, “You call for accountability and transparency all the time from any number of governments. And so if no one is held to account, if no one is being held accountable for what happened, it would seem to me that you would have a problem with that and “

Psaki assured him, “If there’s more we have to say, Matt, we will make sure you all know.

Lee tried again:

But I mean, what you have said, that the – what you said says nothing. I mean, it just – it’s like saying, “Well, we support the right of people to breathe.” Well, that’s great, but if they can’t breathe –

MS. PSAKI: If we have a further comment on the case, I will make sure all of you have it. ”Al Quds correspondent Said Arikat persisted, “I mean, aren’t you a little bit annoyed that the person who was elected by the Egyptian people, Morsi, is languishing in prison while the person who is accused of murdering hundreds of people is actually out on –

Psaki, obviously a bit fed up with having to parrot the insane American policy, tried to smile while saying, “I appreciate your effort, Said. I don’t have anything further on this case.”

Deposed Former Egyptian President Mubarak Acquitted of Murder

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Three years after Egypt’s January 25 Revolution removed him from power, former President Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted of murder. The nationwide riots began in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square as part of the Arab Spring movement that swept numerous Arab leaders from their posts throughout the Middle East.

The former Egyptian leader who ruled his nation with an iron hand for decades was summarily deposed in early February 2011. Within weeks he was charged with the murders of hundreds of anti-government protesters by security forces and thrown into prison, where he remained for the past three years.

Following Saturday’s acquittal, Egyptian police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse more than a thousand protesters.

At least two demonstrators were killed and nine others were wounded in the melee that followed the 1,430-page decision handed down by Judge Mohamed Rashidi.

Although Mubarak was acquitted on the charges of murder — as well as charges of corruption that he faced with sons Ala’a and Gamal — he continues to serve a three-year sentence on a separate embezzlement charge.

Mubarak, age 86, was returned by stretcher to the military hospital where he currently is serving his term on house arrest.

Egypt’s al-Sisi Tips His Hand, Israel Be Careful

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi accidentally showed his dangerous side to Israel.

A few days ago, during his trip to Italy, al-Sisi voiced a radical proposition that showed more of his cards than he probably planned to show off.

He proposed that Egypt could deploy Egyptian military troops into Judea and Samaria, to “temporarily” monitor and act as a guarantor for the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Egypt has been increasing its troop deployments along the Gaza border, usually in coordination with Israel, in order to fight Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas terrorists who are attacking Egypt. That sounds fair enough, despite the treaty violations.

But his recent proposal shows us that al-Sisi has far bigger visions as to how far he wants to really extend and expand his military might, all the way onto a second Israeli front.

No one in Israel will consider this a serious proposal, but it does give us insight into al-Sisi’s long term thinking, and the next time al-Sisi asks Israel to ignore the Camp David Peace Treaty and let Egypt insert more troops into the Sinai along Israel’s border, Israel should keep in mind that al-Sisi has bigger dreams, and more Egyptian troops along the Israeli southern border is just one them.

Following Tunnel Discover, Egypt to Raze More Gaza Border Homes

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

After discovering last week, a tunnel from Gaza into the Sinai that extended 1850 meters, Egypt has decide to extend it sterile zone along its 14 kilometer Gazan border from 500 meters to 1000 meters it was announced on Thursday.

So far Egypt has destroyed 500 Rafah homes, affecting 25,000 people, and that number will now increase.

Egypt has paid out close to 8 million dollars to Rafah residents who homes were destroyed.The town of Rafah is located on the southern end of Gaza and is split in two by the border, half on the Gazan side, and half on the Egyptian/Sinai side.

In addition, Egypt is digging a trench along the 50 kilometer border that goes down to a depth of 50 meters to help stop the infiltrations from Gaza into the Sinai.

Egypt is still angry at the recent Gazan terror attack that killed over 30 Egyptian security personnel, which it blames on Hamas.

It has completely shut down the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Only Israel’s crossings into Gaza remain open, and Israel is allowing in construction material this coming week, which the UN claims will be monitored for misuse.

Gaza needs the construction material to rebuild homes that were destroyed after Hamas attacked Israel this summer and instigated a war.

Egyptian President A-Sisi said on Egyptian TV that he wasn’t going to allow Sinai to become a staging ground for terror attacks against Israel.

UAE Names CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Groups

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The United Arab Emirates classified the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) to be terrorist organizations on Saturday.

The seven-member federation cabinet listed two of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties groups with the backers of Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi and the largest international terrorist organization, as well as some 83 other Islamist groups as terror organizations.

On the list were the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front), Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the WAM official state news agency.

CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation case in which its leaders were found guilty of aiding Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. CAIR was listed as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in the case.

The Muslim American Society also has ties to the Brotherhood, as explained by a 2004 article in the Chicago Tribune, which reported the group was secretly created by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

In a statement released Saturday, MAS responded that the group was “shocked” to read it was listed with “numerous other organizations, as a terrorist organization… Before proceeding any further we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports,” the group said.

The move to name the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group follows a similar decision by Saudi Arabia this past March. Egypt had already outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization last December. It was the second time the group had been outlawed in Egypt, albeit the first ouster of a Brotherhood-backed president, also the first Egyptian leader to be chosen in democratic elections that many believed were rigged.

Istanbul-based Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar predicted in an interview last week, meanwhile, that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood will eventually merge. The Muslim Brotherhood is “at the root” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Oktar said during his A9TV satellite television program on November 11. “The Brotherhood in Egypt could soon come entirely under ISIL control… [Gaza's ruling terrorist group] Hamas may also join ISIL,” he added, using the alternate name for ISIS, the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

“No harm will befall Israel. But there will be a chain of recruitment to ISIL… Very few groups in the Islamic world will not join. The Brotherhood is at the roots of Al Qaeda and Hamas. The Brotherhood fed them both.”

US on Demolishing Homes: No in Israel, Yes in Egypt

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

The same U.S. State Dept. that is condemning Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian Authority terrorists’ homes sanctions the same destruction by Egypt of hundreds of civilians’ homes in the Sinai.

State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday said it was “counterproductive” for Israel to demolish the homes of terrorists.

When asked Friday about Egypt’s al-Sisi regime’s demolitions of Sinai homes, whose owners’ only crime was living in an area that Egypt wants as a buffer zone with Gaza, she condoned Egypt’s action.

“There have been some serious security challenges in the Sinai,” Psaki said. “We respect Egypt’s concern about their security in the area and support its right to self-defense. We also expect that they will ensure the rights of those being displaced are respected and that they are adequately compensated. That continues to be what we have conveyed to the Egyptians.”

And how about Israel’s right to self-defense?

“So you don’t regard that as being counterproductive to the cause of peace or fighting extremism, these home demolitions?” in the Sinai, asked Associated Press reporter Matt Lee. “You would not argue that – I mean, you say that there are serious security problems in the Sinai for the Egyptians. Are there not also serious security concerns and security problems for the Israelis?…

”It’s not okay for the Israelis to demolish homes, but it’s okay for the Egyptians to demolish homes?”

Psaki dug up the expired “borders’ argument, to wit:

“Well, it’s an entirely different scenario, Matt. Egypt is not predetermining what borders would be by taking these steps. It’s a different scenario….

We believe it’s counterproductive to their stated goals. In Egypt, we understand their concerns about their security. We’ve seen recent threats to that in the Sinai, as you all have reported on. I think I’m going to leave it at that. They’re different scenarios.”

No, no, Madame Psaki, you may not leave it at that.

She is explicitly saying that since the Obama administration backs the Palestinian Authority claim that half of Jerusalem belongs to a country that does not exist, Israel does not have the right to try to deter terror by tearing down the homes of a terrorist who killed an American-Israeli baby in a vehicle terror attack at a Jerusalem light rail station last month.

She is saying Israel may not send a warning to future terrorists by destroying the home of the attempted murderer who last month shot at point-blank range Rabbi Yehuda Glick for wanting the right for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

Psaki is explicitly saying that Egypt has the right to tear down not one home, and not dozens of homes but hundreds of homes of civilians – not terrorists – in Sinai because it is an act of self-defense. In Israel it is “counterproductive.”

Thousands of people on the Egyptian side of Rafah were displaced three weeks ago when the Egyptian army dynamited their homes to create the buffer zone that Egypt hopes will help put a stop to the surge of weapons and terrorists into the Sinai from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The difference between Israel and Egypt, according to the Obama administration, is that Israel has no right to deter terror if terrorists are killing Jews because of the assumed motive of securing borders for the Palestinian Authority and which Washington has pre-determined and which preclude negotiations that the same Obama administration tries to make believe exist.

Egypt Under Terrorist Attacks from Land and Sea

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Terrorists are attacking Egypt from the land and sea, and eight navy soldiers are presumed dead, and bombs have exploded in at least two of its embassies and in the Cairo metro system.

Gunmen on four fishing boats staged a rare attack from the Mediterranean Sea on an Egyptian navy ship, leaving eight people missing and presumed dead on the burning vessel. Five others were wounded., and two of the terrorists were killed, and 32 were arrested.

Egyptian media have headlined that the country is under attack and reported that the air force foiled an infiltration by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, in a raid that killed at least two people.

The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist organization, which has been supported by Al Qaeda, posted an audio on YouTube this week stating its allegiance with the ISIS and railing against “Jewish agents and their allies,” meaning Egypt.

The Ansar terrorist group is estimated to have anywhere from several hundred to several thousand well-armed men. It was involved in last month’s twin attacks in the Sinai, where 31 Egyptian soldiers were killed and which Egyptian authorities said was orchestrated with Hamas in Gaza.

Closer ties between the Ansar group and ISIS would mean a major threat to Egyptian tourist sites and civilians instead of the usual government targets that Ansar terrorists strike.

On Tuesday, a car bomb was discovered in the port and resort city El-Arish.

Terror spread to Cairo Thursday morning, when a bomb exploded at a metro statin east of Cairo, wounding 16 passengers and forcing the subway system to shut down.

Egyptian embassies were targeted in the United Arab Emirates and in Libya, but no injuries were reported in the bombing attacks.

 

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