Friday 25 November 2011


Step into your hip waders; Israel is starting to lay it on thick to justify to the world whatever actions she is about to take against Egypt.  There is already much agitation along the borders and in the Sinai; and Tel Aviv pushes for war with Iran and Syria. and ... Israel is setting up to go for the Sinai... after all these years of itching... destabilization is already in process.  

Meanwhile she Tel Aviv and Moscow work in harmony, criminal government to criminal government, both controlled by men of the same stripe. All working to bring the inhabitants of the planet under their control while they push everywhere they can for war and more war. Throw in the criminals of Washington,  DC, and you have a major challenge for the rest of us normal people. 

Brace yourself.


The Ugly Truth
 November 25, 2011

Mark Glenn, Note: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, nevertheless Israel is as ‘worried’ about the outcome of the elections in Egypt as a dentist is afraid of tooth decay. Israel NEEDS relations with Egypt to break down in order to get a war started with the country, the main aim of which is (A) retaking the natural resource-rich Sinai, and (B) further destabilization of the country in order to break it up along sectarian lines.

Days of protest in Egypt, ahead of elections expected to produce big wins for the Muslim Brotherhood, have stirred fears in Israel about bilateral ties and the future of the countries’ peace treaty.

Israel had largely avoided comment on the unrest, which has seen dozens of Egyptians killed, but with protesters showing no signs of calling off their demonstrations, officials here have started to show concern.

On Wednesday, Israel’s civil defence minister Matan Vilnai urged Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads Egypt’s ruling military council, to bring the situation under control.

“The situation is problematic, sensitive and unclear. Tantawi is trying to avoid chaos and transfer power in the mostly orderly way possible,” Vilnai told Israeli military radio.

“We hope that he will succeed… otherwise we will see general chaos and that will be very bad for Egypt.”

Vilnai said Israeli officials were in “permanent contact” with members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), including Tantawi.

“I know him and he has no desire to stay in power,” Vilnai added.

Egypt has been rocked in recent days by widespread protests, which come days before the first post-revolution elections, calling on the SCAF to guarantee a faster transition to civilian rule.

Protesters accuse the military of abusing its power and trying to write laws that would shield it from civilian oversight.

In Israel, the demonstrations and the elections have reawakened fears about the future of Egypt, bilateral relations and the country’s peace treaty with the Jewish state.

Israeli officials and media commentators have made no secret of their concern about the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, expected to perform well in the elections scheduled to begin on November 28.

“It’s our main concern,” Vilnai said Wednesday.

The top-selling Yediot Aharonot on Wednesday headlined its front page “Between Cairo and Tehran” in reference to the rise of Islamist forces in Egypt.

And the Maariv newspaper reported that Israel’s army chief Benny Gantz “has presented to the security cabinet a scenario involving the cancellation of the peace treaty” between Egypt and Israel.

The report was denied by the military and Vilnai said it was premature to talk about the treaty being annulled.

“The cancellation of the treaty is not today ~ and I stress the word today ~ a reality,” he said.

But he acknowledged Israel fears a serious degradation in ties with Cairo once a new government comes to power.

“But when Egyptian government stabilizes after a long electoral process, we expect it will seriously undermine the accord,” he said.

Nati Sharoni, a reserve general and president of a left-leaning Israeli think tank, sounded a more upbeat note, saying he expected the treaty to survive Egypt’s upheaval and elections.

“The treaty will hold up fine, not for love of Israel but because it is in Egypt’s fundamental interests,” he said.

Danny Yatom, a former member of Israel’s intelligence service Mossad, shared Sharoni’s assessment.

“The accord is sponsored by the United States and the Egyptian army will continue to depend on American technology and subsidies after the elections,” he said.

Still, Israeli officials are taking seriously the possibility of the treaty being cancelled or at least modified.

Israeli daily Haaretz reported the developments in Syria and Egypt formed the core of an annual presentation by all Israel’s intelligence agencies to the country’s security cabinet.

The newspaper also said Egyptian officials, including intelligence Chief Murad Muwafi, have been at pains to reassure Israel, telling their counterparts the treaty is not in danger.


 ED: That is just too rich Bibi!



Israeli PM claims ‘Islamic, anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, undemocratic wave’ vindicates tough stance with Palestinians

Binyamin Netanyahu has launched a scathing attack on the uprisings in the Middle East, saying that Arab countries are “moving not forward, but backward” and support from the US and European countries was naive.The Israeli Prime Minister said that Arab Spring was becoming an:

undemocratic wave”.

Speaking to the Israeli parliament amid renewed protests and violence in Egypt, Netanyahu said concessions to the Palestinians were unwise in a period of instability and uncertainty in the region.

“In February, when millions of Egyptians thronged to the streets in Cairo, commentators and quite a few Israeli members of the opposition said that we’re facing a new era of liberalism and progress … 

They said I was trying to scare the public and was on the wrong side of history and don’t see where things are heading.” But, he told the Knesset, events had proved him correct.

When he cautioned Barack Obama and other western leaders against backing the revolt against Hosni Mubarak’s regime, he was told he failed to understand reality. “I ask today, who here didn’t understand reality? Who here didn’t understand history?”

Those calling for a swift resolution of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians in the context of regional upheavals were misguided, he said. “Israel is facing a period of instability and uncertainty in the region. This is certainly not the time to listen to those who say follow your heart … I remember many of you urged me to seize the opportunity to make hasty concessions, to rush to an agreement.

“We can’t know who will end up with any piece of territory we give up. Reality is changing all the time, and if you don’t see it, your head is buried in the sand.”
The foundations of stability and security were essential for any peace deal with the Palestinians, he said.

 Israel has been monitoring renewed confrontations between protestors and security forces in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, and has concerns about the outcome of elections next week.

It fears Islamist parties will be a pivotal bloc in the next parliament, will strengthen ties with Hamas in Gaza and may seek to renegotiate parts of the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

“It’s expected that the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties will dominate the government, and we are concerned that their success will encourage other Islamic radical parties in the Middle East to act more openly to achieve their goals,” said Eli Shaked, a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt.

Diplomats have so far failed to persuade Israel and the Palestinians to return to talks. Israel says the Palestinian effort to win recognition of a state at the UN was a “unilateral” move which it rejected.

It refuses to negotiate with a Palestinian unity government which includes Hamas, which is possible should reconciliation talks between the two factions make progress.

The Palestinians say they will not return to talks while Israel continues to build and expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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