Category Archives: Egypt

Egypt to evacuate, then level city of Rafah to seal border with Gaza Strip | World Tribune

Egypt plans to evacuate the divided city of Rafah and build another community five kilometers away.

Egyptian sources said the military plans to destroy Rafah over the next year. They said thousands of residents would be evicted from the city divided between Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Egypt to evacuate, then level city of Rafah to seal border with Gaza Strip | World Tribune

Hunger Growls in Egypt :: Daniel Pipes

Egypt, famed for millennia as the “breadbasket of the Mediterranean,” now faces alarming food shortages. A startlingly candid report in Cairo’s Al-Ahram newspaper by Gihan Shahine, entitled “Food for Stability” makes clear the extent of the crisis.

To begin, two anecdotes: Although compelled by her father to marry a cousin who could afford to house and feed her, Samar, 20, reports that they “have only had fried potatoes and aubergines for dinner most of the week.” Her sisters, 10 and 13, who left school to take up work, are losing weight and suffer chronic anemia.

Manal, a nurse and single mother of four, cannot feed her children. “In the past we used to stuff cabbage with rice and eat that when we did not have any money. But now even this sometimes can be unaffordable because of rising prices. Our kids were always malnourished but it’s getting even worse.”

Hunger Growls in Egypt :: Daniel Pipes

Egyptian strongman al Sisi may be more intent on obliterating Hamas than the Israelis are

The Palestinians I met Wednesday amid the rubble of their homes in this city near the Gaza-Egypt border blamed one man for failing—or refusing—to stop the slaughter here. Their lives had been devastated by Israeli troops, who shifted their invasion to southern Gaza with a vengeance shortly before the three-day ceasefire that began on Tuesday. Their houses had been leveled by bombs and missiles launched from the American-built F16s in the Israeli air force. But the man who truly aroused their fury is the Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Tank tracks tear up the roads around Rafah, machine-gun fire pocks the walls, sewage flows out of blown-up pipes and the nauseatingly sweet rotten-garbage smell of human corpses still seeps from under the rubble. As Gazans try to make sense of the devastation wrought by Israel, there is an overwhelming sense of abandonment by leaders in the Arab world.

Gazans Turn Their Rage on the Arab Leaders Who Watched Them Die – The Daily Beast

Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas

Over the past week there are voices coming out of Egypt and some Arab countries — voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims.

“Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas!” — Azza Sami of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

Isolated and under attack, Hamas now realizes that it has lost the sympathy of many Egyptians and Arabs.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has thus far turned down appeals from Palestinians and other Arabs to work toward achieving a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Sisi and urged him to intervene to achieve an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas. Abbas later admitted that his appeal to Sisi and (other Arab leaders) had fallen on deaf ears.

Sisi’s decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted that Hamas is being badly hurt.

Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas

Israeli intelligence predicts collapse of the Egyptian regime in 2015

The Israeli Directorate of Military Intelligence (Aman) has predicted that the year 2015 will be a decisive one for the fate of the Egyptian regime and the coup that was led by outgoing Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, according to Palestine 48 news site.

In a rare interview conducted by Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper and published on Monday, Colonel Roital, who heads the Egypt and Jordan Front at Aman’s Research Department, reportedly said that unless huge financial support is provided to Al-Sisi’s regime after he assumes power as president, the regime will likely collapse.

The colonel noted that Egypt has an 87 million-strong population, with a baby born every 16 seconds, and given that the 25 January Revolution erupted for economic and social reasons, not for ideological or religious reasons, the people will want to see results.

Indeed, Roital believes that Egyptians will give Al-Sisi a very short period of time to create a transformation in their standard of living; otherwise, they will not let him stay in power.

Israeli intelligence predicts collapse of the Egyptian regime in 2015

Sources: Syrian jihad coming to Egypt with help from Turkey, Qatar and Obama – World Tribune | World Tribune

The struggle for Egypt is on the verge of a major escalation as the key sponsors of the jihadist cause in Syria are now committed to a similar campaign against Egypt.

The overall strategic objective is to prevent the emergence of an inward-looking regional order based on the Arab heartland, shielded by the Fertile Crescent of Minorities, and thus excluding the external forces. A strong and stable Egypt is considered a cornerstone of such a regional posture.

Sources: Syrian jihad coming to Egypt with help from Turkey, Qatar and Obama – World Tribune | World Tribune

Putin sends signal to U.S. by endorsing Egyptian candidate who isn’t running yet | Toronto Star

Without naming the United States, the Kremlin used Egyptian Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s visit to criticize what it regards as U.S. interference in the internal affairs of other countries. Russia’s ties with the U.S. have been badly strained by disputes ranging from Syria’s civil war, to missile defence plans in Europe, to Moscow’s human-rights record.

Putin’s public endorsement of el-Sissi is unlikely to cause a stir in Egypt, where an announcement by the field marshal that he is running in the election is a matter of when, not if.

Putin sends signal to U.S. by endorsing Egyptian candidate who isn’t running yet | Toronto Star

The Egyptian Disaster – NYTimes.com

This Egyptian debacle is a significant strategic failure for the United States, and of course, like red lines that proved not to be so red in Syria, it has sent a message of American retreat. It seems inevitable that Sisi will now run for president and win with some back-to-the-future number. If he does not run whoever does will be no more than his puppet.

David Kirkpatrick, my colleague in Cairo, said it all in this brilliant, depressing lead: “Thousands of Egyptians celebrated the third anniversary of their revolt against autocracy on Saturday by holding a rally for the military leader who ousted the country’s first democratically elected president.”

The Egyptian Disaster – NYTimes.com

With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas | Reuters

After crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt’s military rulers plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.

The aim, which the officials say could take years to pull off, includes working with Hamas’s political rivals Fatah and supporting popular anti-Hamas activities in Gaza, four security and diplomatic officials said.

Since it seized power in Egypt last summer, Egypt’s military has squeezed Gaza’s economy by destroying most of the 1,200 tunnels used to smuggle food, cars and weapons to the coastal enclave, which is under an Israeli blockade.

Exclusive: With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas | Reuters

As Obama dithers, Egypt ramps up its nuclear options :: Middle East Forum

“Egypt’s 60-year-old nuclear program is already the third largest in the region, after those of Israel and Iran.”

After the fatally-flawed interim deal signed by the P5+1 in Geneva November 24 over Iran’s nuclear program, America’s slighted ally Egypt is now possibly pursuing its own nuclear option, amid fears of an atomic arms race between Tehran and its regional Sunni rivals in Cairo, Riyadh and beyond.

And no one seems to be paying attention.

Egypt’s traditionally close relations with the U.S. have been severely strained since Minister of Defense General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ousted the narrowly-elected President Mohamed Morsi after more than thirty million marched against him and the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), to which he belongs.

To the outrage of most Egyptians, the U.S. cut roughly a third in cash and equipment of its annual $1.6 billion of mainly military aid to Cairo in early October in punishment for the new regime’s crackdown on the MB, which demands the return of Morsi — and which Egypt now correctly classifies as a terrorist organization.

Yet the White House had boosted aid to Egypt even as Morsi grew more and more repressive, imposing his Islamist agenda on the country.

On October 6, Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, announced at the annual commemoration of Egypt’s successful 1973 surprise attack on the Israelis across the Suez Canal that construction of a 1,000 MW light-water reactor to generate electricity at El-Debaa, 120 kilometers west of Alexandria — the first of four planned in the country — would go ahead.

Egypt’s 60-year-old nuclear program is already the third largest in the region, after those of Israel and Iran.

As Obama dithers, Egypt ramps up its nuclear options :: Middle East Forum