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Where are the Egyptian Generals?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Rumors are flying around Egpyt that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Sami Hafez Anan have been placed under house arrest by President Morsi. The two former military leaders of Egpyt have not been seen or heard from by anyone since they were retired yesterday.

On Sunday, supporters of Tantawi gathered by the Egpyptian Ministry of Defense in East Cairo. Fights broke out at the protest.

Clinton Meets Morsi, Urges Egyptian Control over Hamas

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday, marking the latter’s highest level meeting to date with a U.S. government official.

Clinton restated Washington’s support for Egypt, which has been a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy since 1978. She said the U.S. favors democratic rule in Egypt and urged the return of Egypt’s military to its defense role

Al Ahram on Saturday quoted an anonymous U.S. official who said that, in addition to stable relations with Israel, “the U.S. is expecting Egypt to use the good ties that link the Muslim Brotherhood with the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip to curtail any plans that Hamas might have towards escalation with Israel.”

The U.S. is also expecting President Morsi’s Egypt to remain committed to its traditional policy of limited engagement with Iran, according to Al Ahram.

Also on the list of U.S. expectations is a clear cut commitment from the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president on ensuring respect for the rights of women, Copts, and other minorities in Egypt.

On Sunday Clinton will meet with Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the council of generals supervising the transition from the old regime.

“The United States supports the full transition to civilian rule with all that entails,” Clinton said at a news conference after her meeting with Morsi. “But there is more work ahead. And I think the issues around the parliament, the constitution, have to be resolved between and among Egyptians. I will look forward to discussing these issues tomorrow with Field Marshall Tantawi and in working to support the military’s return to a purely national security role.”

Egyptian Elections Draw Crowds, Support for Islamist Parties

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The first day of a historic democratic election in Egypt has come to a close, with a higher than expected turnout and a strong showing for Islamist parties.

 

Egypt’s first election day since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak saw overwhelming public participation, with polling stations being asked to stay open an additional 2 hours to accommodate the large number of voters.  Parliamentary elections will continue until early January.

 

Electoral overseers received hundreds of complaints of voting violations, including vote buying and the abuse of a law forbidding campaigning on election day.  Delays in the delivery of ballot slips to polling stations and the late arrival of ballot supervisors were included in the list of grievances.

 

On Sunday, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the interim President and head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, urged Egyptian citizens to participate in elections, even as citizens called for the army to cede power.  Also on Sunday, protestors in Cairo demonstrated against Tantawi, demanding that he and his fellow generals immediately resign.

 

Protests against Tantawi’s government have continued throughout the country, with particular gusto in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.  Yet some protests have focused on hate for Israel, including a special Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo on Friday entitled “Kill The Jews.”  Since Saturday, more than 42 people have been killed and 2,000 injured.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood, a radical pro-Jihadist organization poised to win the first stage of elections, will likely use their victory to enforce anti-Israel policies in Egypt and garner support for the Palestinian Authority (PA).  Their credo states “God is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”  The state of Israel is the number one threat to Egyptian security, according to the body, making Jews “the most serious problem in terms of Egypt’s national security.”

 

On Monday, the gas pipeline between Egyypt and Israel was targeted again, with masked gunmen exploding the line near El-Arish in the northern Sinai.  The line has been attacked 8 times this year.

Protests Erupt in Egypt, 37 Dead

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt’s de facto head of state since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, has failed to quiet raging protests which have now claimed 37 lives across the country.

In a televised address to the country on Tuesday, Tantawi promised presidential elections in June, six months sooner than initially planned.  Egypt’s first free parliamentary elections are expected to begin on Monday.  In his speech, Tantawi told citizens that the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces – the military organization which governs Egypt – would be coming to an end, and that power would be returned to civilians.

Yet demonstrators were angered that Tantawi suggested a referendum on whether to end military rule sooner, which they saw as an attempt to divide Egyptians fearful of continued violence into distancing themselves from protestors, according to Reuters.

Clashes between protestors and police erupted throughout the night, resulting in more deaths since the renewed protests began 5 days ago.  Riot police fired teargas and rubber bullets at protestors in Tahrir Square after being attacked with rocks.  Though police have denied using live ammunition, most of the dead have displayed bullet wounds, according to medics.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/protests-erupt-in-egypt-37-dead/2011/11/23/

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