Contrary to Egyptian claims to be in control of the Multinational Force in northern Sinai base after its invasion by Salafist Bedouin gunmen Friday night, all they had managed to do by Saturday morning was to mediate between the New Zealand general who commands the base and the invaders on terms for their departure. The gunmen linked to al Qaeda still control the exits and entrances to the Al Ghora base, holding hundreds of US officers, soldiers and airmen to siege.
Note: In the video, Bachmann alleges that Mohamed Morsi (or Mursi), the Muslim Brotherhood President of Egypt, had said that he would make Jerusalem the capital of Egypt, but perhaps this is not true. Leftist outlets say that this is even typical rightist (scaremongering) propaganda: Indeed, it seems that it was not the democratic Morsi who said that (this summer), but Dr. Safwat Hegazy, who seems to be only, according to a Coptic site, “a popular Muslim Brotherhood preacher in Egypt, known for his desire to unify the Arab world into a ‘Untied [sic; should be “United” though] Arab States,'” who in July “made clear what the Muslim Brotherhood seeks: a caliphate and world domination, which even the Supreme Guide of the Brotherhood has asserted is the group’s mission.”
Indeed, also according to al-Arabiya it was Morsi – er, sorry! – Hegazy, who, “as the crowds cheered, waving the Egyptian flags along with the flags of the Islamist Hamas group, which rules the Gaza Strip,” said before the last Egyptian election that
“The United States of the Arabs will be restored on the hands of that man [Mursi] and his supporters. The capital of the [Muslim] Caliphate will be Jerusalem with God’s will,” […].
“Tomorrow Mursi will liberate Gaza,” the crowds chanted.
“Yes, we will either pray in Jerusalem or we will be martyred there,” Hegazy said.
According to al-Arabiya, Hegazy said this
during a presidential campaign rally at the Egyptian Delta city of Mahalla, where Mursi attended along with the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badei and members of the group and its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
Which is as “largely secular”, of course, as Hamas.
Last week in Egypt, when Muslim Brotherhood supporters terrorized the secular media, several Arabic websites—including Arab News, Al Khabar News, Dostor Watany, and Egypt Now—reported that people were being “crucified.” The relevant excerpt follows in translation:
A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others. Likewise, Muslim Brotherhood supporters locked the doors of the media production facilities of 6-October [a major media region in Cairo], where they proceeded to attack several popular journalists.
Fifty Libyan Muslim Brotherhood mercenaries arrived in the Gaza Strip from Tripoli last month – in time to take part in the Jihad Islami’s last missile offensive against Israel starting Oct. 29, DEBKAfile‘s military sources report. They arrived at the wheels of minivans on which were mounted the new Grad multiple rocket-launchers which Palestinian terrorists fired for the first time last month. These mobile rocket-launchers were last seen on the Libyan battlefield in use against Muammar Qaddafi’s army.
The 50 mercenaries did not bother to paint over the Libyan national colors or replace the trucks’ Libyan license plates. Jihad Islami fighters kept them sequestered away from awkward questions about who sent them.
Gazan sources report the Libyan mercenaries left Tripoli on October 10 aboard two buses which drove them via Benghazi to Tobruk. They then entered Egypt as tourists.
On Oct. 21, the day Muammar Qaddafi was killed, they crossed the Suez Canal into the Sinai Peninsula. [DEBKAfile, today (more)]
What a myopic view the Western media and its array of “experts” have concerning the so-called “Arab Spring” — a myopia that naturally metastasizes among the general public.
Consider the Libyan crisis. As usual, the focus is entirely on the individual, on the tangible — the now dead Gaddafi — whom all the blame can be heaped upon, while the existentialist elephant in the room, the real mover and shaker, the spirit of the age behind all these uprisings, is never acknowledged. Continue reading Gaddafi Dead – So What?
Ilan Grapel, 27, is a dual national who served as a paratrooper in the IDF prior to entering Atlanta, Georgia-based Emory Law School. He reportedly had gone to Egypt to study Arabic culture, having had a lifelong interest in the subject.
While Egypt and Israel acted to cool the crisis in relations sparked by last Friday’s mob attack on the Israeli embassy, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened another inflammatory speech against Israel during his Monday visit, Sept. 12 – this one from Tahrir Square in a bid to buy the popularity of the Arab street. Jerusalem and Washington are concerned that it will have the effect of stirring up anti-Israel riots in Egypt and Jordan, Israel’ second peace partner, as well as encouraging the Palestinian terrorist Jihad Islami lurking in Sinai to proceed with its threatened cross-border attack.
In first new disclosures on the storming of Israel’s Cairo embassy which started Friday night, Sept. 9, DEBKAfile‘s counter-terror sources reveal that the mob was led by the terrorist Jama’a al-Islamiya, the Egyptian founding branch of Al Qaeda, and two other radical Egyptian Islamist groups.
MK [Member of the Knesset – the Israeli parliament] Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has filed a parliamentary query in which he asks Defense Minister Ehud Barak why the IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] is ignoring testimony about Egyptian soldiers’ involvement in the murderous terror attacks near Eilat.
Several civilian eyewitnesses have said in press interviews that Egyptian soldiers were involved in the attacks. They said that they saw people in military fatigues shooting at them from within the Egyptian military positions, or right next to them.
иконографияКартини“No country can win a war that is fought ‘defensively’. ‘Tit for tats’ don’t work. Limited operations and hits against the enemy do not work. Israel must go on a full scale attack against its enemies. The Defense Minister needs to be fired, and a Minister of War needs to be appointed. A minister of war that will lead the country to fight as is needed, until the enemies of Israel are crippled beyond repair, until THEY and the populations that support them, beg Israel for peace, and not the other way around.”