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Copt Shot

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

As violence, lawlessness and murder escalate in Egypt, Islamists shot and killed a Coptic priest in El Arish in Northern Sinai on Saturday.

Coptic priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was walking in the Masaeed area of El Arish when he was shot and killed.

Coptic Pope Tawadros, the spiritual leader of Egypt’s 8 million Copt had recently praised the military coup that removed the elected Muslim Brotherhood president. There is no love lost between Egypt’s Copts and Egypts Islamists, who view each other as religious enemies. Egypt’s Copts have been treated particularly bad by the Islamists.

Egyptian violence has gone part and parcel with attacks in and from the Sinai, as Islamist make use of the Sinai to attack Israel, as well Egyptian opposition forces and resources, such as gas lines.

Islamic Militants Attack in Sinai as Egypt Prepares for Friday Riots

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Armed Islamic militants attacked the positions of Egyptian security forces in Rafah and El Arish in the northern Sinai this morning. Rockets were fired at a police station in Rafah which stands right outside a base of the Egyptian military intelligence service.

At least one Egyptian soldier was reprted killed and two wounded.

Egyptian security forces in the El Arish airport were also attacked by Islamists armed with RPGs and grenades. There were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

Egypt is on alert this morning, before Friday prayers in the mosques. The Islamic coalition, led by the Muslim Brotherhood whose elected president has been removed from office and placed under house arrest, have called on their supporters take to the streets after prayers and protest “peacefully” the military coup and the arrests.

The Egyptian military is urging the people to avoid revenge attacks following President Morsi’s ouster, and called for a reconciliation among the rival factions.

The Obama Administration is pressuring Egyptian officials not to jail the deposed president and his supporters, Reshet Bet reported. U.S. National Security Council officials stressed that the Egypt must have an elected government as soon as possible.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr spoke last night on the phone with his American colleague, Secretary of State John Kerry, and insisted that Egypt is not under a military coup. He told Kery the Army only fulfilled the will of the people, who are still the sovereign in Egypt.

On Thursday, a number of senior Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested and placed in Tora prison, the same prison holding former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. They were accused of giving orders to murder protesters using snipers. Eight Egyptians were shot outside the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo.

Adly Mansour, the newly appointed interim president of Egypt

Adly Mansour, the newly appointed interim president of Egypt

Adly Mansour, the judge who headed up Egypt’s Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the interim Egyptian president on Thursday, replacing the ousted Morsi who was overthrown by protesters and the Egyptian army.

The Egyptian main stock index rose over 7% following Egyptian president Morsi’s removal.

Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party is negotiating with the Army in an effort to reopen the religious television channels which have been taken off air following Morsi’s ouster on Wednesday, the Salafist party leader Younis Makhioun said on Thursday.

A handful of Islamist channels – including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Misr 25 and the Al-Hafez and Al-Nas TV channels – were abruptly taken off air on Wednesday, and their staff were arrested.

Those religious channels had sparked controversy in the past, according to Al Ahram, and were accused of using hate speech against Christians, Shia-Muslims and secular opposition figures.

UPDATED: Rockets Launched at Eilat

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Security forces are checking the source of three loud explosion that were heard throughout the entire city of Eilat.

Initial reports now say that 2 rockets were apparently launched at Eilat from the Sinai and landed in open areas outside the city. There are no reports of damage or injury, and security forces are looking for the strike zones.

The Iron Dome alarm did not go off.

The resort city of Eilat shares a border with the Sinai, which has been the source of multiple terror attacks of various kinds.

IDF, Egyptian Army and Hamas on High Alert at Borders

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The Israeli and Egyptian armies and the Hamas regime in Gaza are on high alert at Sinai and Gaza borders and near smuggling tunnels, according to eyewitnesses quoted by the Egyptian Independent.

Police stations, the airport at El Arish, the Kerem Shalom crossing, jails and entry points are under heavy security.

 

Israeli Children Returned to School, Hence the Rockets

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The terrorists who are building up men and material resources in the chaos of today’s Egyptian Sinai struck again this morning. Two GRAD rockets were fired into – and struck – the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat.

Memo to those lacking historical, geographic or political background: Eilat is not and never has been claimed by Palestinian Arab terror apologists as “occupied territory”… other than by the many extremists who see all of Israel as the territory that is occupied. The readers of the Lebanese Al Manar news website for instance, are seeing a report at this moment headlined “Rockets Hit Occupied Town of Eilat“; Al Manar is a mouthpiece of Hezbollah. The semi-respectable Palestinian Maan News Agency has called Eilat occupied too, though never in the English language.

Times of Israel is reporting that one of the two missiles crashed into a residential neighborhood; the other in an open area on Eilat’s outskirts. Reuters says both hit open areas. Ynet says there were three rockets, and two landed in residential areas. Israel’s Army Radio, which is broadcast throughout the country, is quoted saying that a rocket “had also hit the nearby Jordanian city of Aqaba, but a spokesman for the Jordanian Civil Defense denied the suggestion.”

Fortunately, and this is a matter of divine intervention and human failure, no injuries are reported, at least  not so far. Damage is said to be light.

The IDF’s assessment, hardly surprising and certainly not for the first time, is that the attack on Eilat was made from the nearby Sinai Peninsula. The situation there is chaotic and dangerous, and growing steadily worse; we have written numerous times about Sinai’s spiral downwards into terrorist-driven anarchy [hereherehere and hereamong numerous other posts]. As a matter of consistent policy, the Egyptian authorities always respond to media inquiries with firm denials that rockets were fired from Egyptian territory; this morning they did the same again.

Israel’s security authorities saw today’s attack coming. An Iron Dome anti-missile defense battery has been stationed near Eilat for the past two weeks; there are ongoing intelligence assessments that warned of an act of terrorism like this morning’s. The system however was not utilized today, presumably because the Iron Dome controller knows to compute the expected damage in real time and to avoid firing if it is reasonable to do that.

The IDF created the Eilat Regional Brigade this past December to provide military protection, to the extent such a thing is doable against a jihadist enemy operating under the cover of a neighboring country’s government. The most recent rocket attack on Eilat’s civilian population (the only kind that it has) was an especially worrying one in August 2012; those which came before it are detailed in this Wikipedia entry.

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Hamas PM on Official Visit to Egypt

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh left Gaza to Egypt on Saturday with a delegation of 21 senior Hamas members. Haniyeh is meeting with senior Egyptian security personnel.

The Hamas delegation are trying to improve relations with Egypt, which have been on a down-slide ever since the terror attacks began in the Sinai which many suspect are connected to Islamic groups in Gaza, as well as Egypt’s recent flooding and destruction of tens, and possibly even hundreds of Gazan smuggling tunnels.

Egypt also believes that Hamas was specifically involved in an attack that killed 16 Egyptian policemen last year in the Sinai (Rafah).

Al-Arabiyah claims that Haniyeh plans to talk about “Israeli violations of the truce” [between Israel and Gaza].

Egypt Cuts off Hamas, Postponing Next Gaza War

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Originally published at Rubin Reports.

Something both positive and revealing has happened and while it undermines one prediction of mine it reinforces another. I’m delighted to see it.

I predicted that since Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a radical, Islamist group that wants to wipe Israel off the map and the ruling Hamas group in the Gaza Strip is part of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as also being a radical Islamist group and wants to wipe Israel off the map that the Egyptian regime would cooperate with Hamas in fomenting terrorism against Israel by facilitating the flow of arms, money and terrorists to the Gaza Strip. for that purpose.

In fact, though, it has now become clear that the Brotherhood regime is stopping weapons and other things from entering the Gaza Strip. (As did its predecessor, the Mubarak regime.)

But why, given that my above-explained chain of reasoning is true, is this happening?

The answer lies in another point I’ve made: That many revolutionary Islamists are over-confident partly in the face of a weak United States; partly due to their ideology that puts the deity, literally, on their side, and partly because of the big gains they are making throughout the region and even the world.

These groups also bicker and even fight among themselves, most notably but not exclusively due to Sunni-Shia conflicts. So radical Islamist groups overreach and thus suffer self-inflicted defeats.

This is what’s happening with Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood’s reasons are is not benign. It seeks to consolidate control over a highly populated country and fundamentally transform it into a Sharia state under the Brotherhood’s perpetual rule. Hamas, however, by its nature, cannot accept Islamism in one country (to paraphrase Stalin – see my note below). Hamas isn’t interested in building up a Sharia state in the Gaza Strip as its main goal because it seeks to conquer all of Israel.

The reason, then, why the Brotherhood is stopping more aid or encouragement to Hamas is that the Egyptian regime doesn’t want a war or even a high level of conflict now. A second reason is simply that Hamas has become entangled with smaller radical Islamist groups that are waging armed struggle against Egypt, seek to overthrow the Egyptian government, and stage (without Egyptian permission) attacks against Israel across the Egypt-Israel border.

Here’s the key statement from Issam al-Haddad, a senior Brotherhood official and a presidential advisor on foreign policy, that the flow of weapons to Hamas (and then back into the Sinai terrorists) will undermine stability in the Sinai Peninsula.

Another factor cited is the need to fulfill Egypt’s obligation under the ceasefire agreement it helped broker between Israel and Hamas. U.S. pressure to keep this pledge was an incentive. This is to the credit of the Obama Administration. Yet one wonders how cooperative the regime would be if Hamas had not antagonized it by doing more to stabilize Egypt than it did Israel. I’m not saying Hamas did this on purpose but merely that the small, even more radical groups it uses as fronts to strike against Israel also do other things. And one further wonders what would happen if Hamas clamped down on its junior partners and protected Egypt from Gaza-based destabilization.

Whatever the balance of reasons, this greatly reduces the threat to Israel from Hamas for the coming months or even years. At the same time, the Syrian civil war and the growing hatred by the rebels against Hizbollah, which supports the dictatorship, is also undermining Israel’s main enemy to the north. With Iran still not having nuclear weapons that means Israel’s security situation is in excellent shape.

Another factor cited is U.S. pressure. Presumably this is in connection with the ceasefire agreement in which Egypt promised to shut down the arms’ flow. This is to the credit of the Obama Administration. (Of course, the Brotherhood is compliant because that helps it gobble up Egypt faster and easier, not to mention with Westerns financial subsidies).

But one must also note that things could change in future, especially with the Brotherhood confident once it has Egypt, the Gaza Strip, and Syria. Remember that the nationalist regime went through a parallel cycle. Gamal Abdel Nasser’s movement seized control over Egypt in 1952 and took 15 years to get around to seeking confrontation with Israel, though within four years such a confrontation seemed possible.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/rubin-reports/egypt-cuts-off-hamas-postponing-next-gaza-war/2013/03/11/

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