As Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President visits Iran next week to strengthen ties with the “terror axis” of Iran, Syria, and Hizballah-dominated Lebanon, Israel now has more to fear than Iranian missiles aimed at Israeli cities.
Israel National News reports that Al-Qaeda linked terror cells, including Hamas, have laid siege to the Egyptian controlled Sinai Peninsula. This has been an on-going development for some time under the watchful eyes of Egypt, Israel, and the White House.
While the Obama administration has had opportunity to withhold $1.3 billion in annual aid to Egypt in order to press for stability and peace along Israel’s border, Obama refused and moved to encourage a strong Islamist regime in Cairo. With the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Egypt’s government, the Obama team is now offering intelligence systems to Egypt’s military.
Does anyone in the White House consider that President Morsi, who has just seized control of the military and placed it in the hands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, may use America’s package of classified intelligence-sharing capabilities on Israelis rather than Muslim terrorists in the Sinai?
Egypt has moved anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles near Israel’s border along with “reinforcements of unprecedented size” according to a report by Gil Ronen entitled, Israel Asks Egypt to Take Armor Out of Sinai. In addition, tanks, tank transporters, armored personnel carriers, 400 ‘Fahd’ armored vehicles and armored jeeps are reportedly in northern Sinai at this time.
Again, is this latest Egyptian military deployment for the purpose of fighting terrorists? Israel remembers the 1973 Yom Kippur War when Egypt and Syria launched a concerted military strike against the Israeli people. Israel was vastly outnumbered. The date of the attack was Yom Kippur. Chosen perhaps because Muslims knew on this day Jews would be fasting and praying, it is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. That eventful day in 1973 was 06 October.
In conclusion, Egypt’s military deployment is in direct violation of the 1979 peace treaty signed by Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel at a time when Jimmy Carter pressed Israel to release the Sinai and allow the anti-Israel, Muslim dominant country of Egypt to assume control of an ancient land that will forever remain associated with the Jewish people, Moses’ ascension to Mt. Sinai, and the Ten Commandments. And what is the response of America’s President to Egypt’s indifference to a build-up of terrorist activity as well as a deployment of military men and equipment, an overtly hostile act to the nation of Israel?
Nothing, except to say to Egypt, how can we help?