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Netanyahu is only good at political intriguing

Having failed to help Mubarak or bomb Iran, or to destroy Hezbollah’s rocket arsenals or Hamas’ tunnels, Netanyahu continues to excel at Knesset affairs. He is now close to splitting his real enemy—which is not Iran, but Kadima—by moving seven Kadima MK’s to the Likud. That would leave Bibi with an unprecedented coalition in the Knesset, which he has no use for.

The seven MKs will receive government portfolios, mostly as deputy ministers, to further beef up Netanyahu’s government, which is already of monstrous size.

One has to understand the great moral transformation—degradation actually—that occurs when MK’s, lowly figures in Israel’s political hierarchy, become government officials. They usually change their phone numbers, hire security personnel, and become different people.

Egypt will build nuclear reactor

El DabaaThe Egyptian Atomic Energy Agency announced the revival of a thirty-year-old plan, recently promulgated by our friend Mubarak, to build a nuclear power plant in Debaa. Egypt already runs two research reactors, which produce weapons-grade uranium in minuscule quantities.

Egypt: democracy won, Israel lost

Mohammed MursiYears ago, the Americans installed democracy in Lebanon and Palestine. Famously, that resulted in Hezbollah and Hamas coming to power. Never mind, the White House repeated the trick in Egypt.

The Egyptian junta rigged the election results to bring a secular candidate to presidency, but at the last moment the junta agreed to announce the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mursi as the winner.

Such a turnaround could only have been the result of pressure from Obama. The US president is bent on bringing the Muslim Brotherhood’s moderates to power across the Muslim world. Egyptian crowds appear to share this view, as Shafiq’s supporters gathered to protest foreign intervention in Egyptian elections.

It is inconceivable that our ally, the leading Western power, ousted Mubarak, the lynchpin of regional peace for thirty years, and pushed out his successor in order to install the Muslim Brotherhood, which will no doubt turn Egypt into the Sunni Iran.

No alternative presidential candidate in Egypt

The Western media have been discussing the failure of Egyptian presidential elections, in which the voters face a choice between pro-Mubarak and pro-Islamist candidates. Their message is that if the centrist candidates had joined forces and fielded a single candidate, he would have beaten the current two leaders. In fact, that choice was no better.

The only two other candidates who got a meaningful share of votes are Fotouh, a hard-core terrorist supporter and Sabahi, a hard-core Nasserite. Even Amr Moussa, who is supported by 11% of the electorate, is well known for his extremist pan-Arabic and anti-Israeli views.

Elections in Egypt

16 June 2012 Posted in Egypt

Egyptian junta adopts MB’s election methods

During the Mubarak era, the Muslim Brotherhood was banned from campaigning for parliament, and fielded nominally independent candidates instead. Now the junta is trying to beat the MB with its own weapon.

After the Islamists achieved a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections and were poised to win the presidency, the US pressured the junta to doctor the outcome. This explains the decision by the Egyptian Constitutional Court to allow the relatively moderate Shafiq to compete in presidential elections, and another decision to annul the elections to the lower house of the Egyptian parliament so that in new elections independents form a third of its cadre. By simultaneously allowing the Mubarak regime’s officials to run for parliament, the court invited them to join the parliament as independents rather than as members of an unpopular party.

Even with a third of the lower house made up of pro-Mubarak officials, the Islamists would still rule the parliament.

14 June 2012 Posted in Egypt

Termination of Egyptian gas contract is not a violation of the peace treaty

Egypt’s decision to formally stop the flow of gas to Israel is widely viewed as a grave violation of the peace treaty, which is not the case. The treaty obligates Egypt to refrain from trade discrimination against Israel. The sale of gas, however, is rightly viewed in Egypt as a very special preference, exempt from the normal terms of trade. No doubt Mubarak inked the deal, priced well below the market, in exchange for major bribes.

Also, after repeated attacks on the pipeline, the Cairo government simply cannot abide by the terms of the agreement.

We can make a case that the gas from Sinai is indeed ours, both religiously and economically (we discovered the fields when we held Sinai). But unless we are ready to take the Sinai back, there is no point whining about fair trade violations in this particular case.

Egyptian junta snubs US, Israel

The military council has barred US-Israeli favorite Omar Suleiman from the presidential elections. Possibly, Suleiman acted as a straw-man: the action against him provided a sense of even-handedness to the barring of two other leading presidential candidates from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists. Suleiman was not eager for the presidency, and only announced his candidacy a few days before the registration cut-off date. The junta hate Suleiman, who as Mubarak’s vice-president checked the military’s power in Egypt for many years.

For Israel and the United States, however, Suleiman, Mubarak’s right hand and the intelligence chief, is the only acceptable candidate. Any other president would freeze the peace treaty.

Omar Suleiman

Peres’ terrorist friend spells out some truths

For years, Israelis have been subjected to the indecency of Peres and Peretz calling for the release of Marwan Barghouti, an Arab in Israeli prison whom Hosni Mubarak once called “the terrible man behind Arafat.”

Now a small scandal has erupted: from his jail cell, Barghouti has called on Abbas to cease all dealings with Jews and resort to large-scale resistance. Presumably those are his true views, and he would waste no time acting on them if released.

Nevertheless, Barghouti still enjoys all the perks of Israeli prison, including TV, cell phone, and access to journalists—all of which are denied to Yigal Amir.

Marwan Barghouti

Getting paid by Mubarak: Jewish MK is typically immoral

A mild scandal has spilled over from Egypt into Israel: Benjamin Ben Eliezer, a former Defense Minister and a high-ranking Labor politician, was receiving $25,000 monthly from Mubarak. For consultations, mind you.

If Ben Eliezer’s conduct seem outrageous, recall that scores of Israeli politicians and security chiefs pocket huge sums of money by dealing with our enemies—mostly Palestinians, but also Jordanians and other Arabs.

Benjamin Ben Eliezer

What does it take for a Jew to condemn our enemy?

Obama’s election staff once again includes plenty of high-ranking Jews, including businessmen, senators, and a former chief of the Conference of Presidents of the Major Jewish Organizations.

Those people remain visibly undeterred by Obama’s role in removing our friends Mubarak and Qaddafi, and his tolerance of nuclear Iran.

Obama and Al Qaeda: bedfellows in Syria

Al Qaeda released a statement supporting the insurrection in Syria to overthrow Assad and urging all Muslims to come to the rebels’ aid.

Al Qaeda likewise supported the insurrections against Mubarak and Qaddafi, in accord with its long-held view that pro-Western Arab rulers are apostates.

The major terrorist acts against government installations in Syria, initially attributed to Free Syrian Army, came out as Al Qaeda attacks.

Everyone except Jews can kill Arabs

The UNSC did not hold hearings over the Turkish army’s accidental killing 35 Kurdish villagers in a mistaken airstrike. Assad has had a free hand to kill his citizens for nine months. The Egyptian government has killed many more protestors than Mubarak did during the Arab Spring events.

It is only Israel that has to keep killing individual terrorists in Gaza instead of launching meaningful strikes against their infrastructure.

US$3 billion for the Jewish state

Obama drew a hysterically positive response from the crowd at a meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism near Washington. He touted US aid to Israel, now at $3 billion annually, as the highest ever. He lied: that amount seems large only in nominal dollars. In real terms, that’s far less than what we were receiving from the United states in the 1970s and 80s.

Obama spoke of the toughest-ever sanctions on Iran. Well, Iran has never been months from building a nuclear bomb. And just days ago, the White House pushed Congress to water down the original sanctions.

Obama promised to stand with Israel, and the Jewish assimilators chose to believe him despite the fact that he overthrew our best friend Mubarak, is working to democratize our good friend Saudi Arabia, ousted our business partner Qaddafi, and is allowing Iran to go nuclear.

Barack Obama

Salafists scored great victory in Egypt

Salafists in EgyptThere were many like us who thought Obama wrong for clearing the way to power for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt—and we all underestimated the catastrophe.

The preliminary election results give Salafists one quarter of the vote, and that number will rise as elections continue into the provinces where Islamic radicals enjoy stronger backing.

Salafists, who were jailed and otherwise repressed under Mubarak, are as religious as the ayatollahs and Wahhabites, and akin to Hezbollah politically. Compared to them, the Muslim Brotherhood is indeed a nice bunch of moderates.

African illegals: common sense reaches Tel Aviv

The mayor of Tel Aviv, a leftist citadel, called on the government to do something about African immigration. The mayor was correct to call the illegals a threat to our society.

Previously, the government ignored conservatives or threatened to charge them with racist incitement when they demanded that the criminal African subculture in South Tel Aviv be removed. Even when the mayor of Eilat joined the chorus, he was written off as a provincial nut.

The mayor estimated that there are 20,000 African illegals in South Tel Aviv, which is probably an understatement. Since breakdown of Mubarak’s government, hundreds of them enter Israel every week.

We have yet to hear the government endorse the only sensible solution: to move the illegals to UNRWA camps in Gaza.

Africans in Tel Aviv

The White House no longer concerned with Tahrir

Yet another massive demonstration took place in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. This time, some 50,000 Muslims pushed the government to speed up the transfer of power to elected bodies—that is, to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Unlike during the anti-Mubarak riots, international news coverage was minimal, and the White House did not intervene.

Egyptian government glad to be seen as powerless

Islamists blew the Israeli-Egyptian gas pipeline for the seventh time this year, two weeks after Egypt had resumed gas supplies to Israel.

This is a welcome outcome for the Egyptian junta: on one hand, it responded positively to American pressure to resume supplies against the wishes of local Muslim parties; but on the other hand, the supplies did not resume.

It is practically impossible to guard the entire length of the pipeline. The only option is the one employed by Mubarak—to threaten the Muslim Brotherhood as a whole rather than search for individual terrorists. Now that Obama has welcomed the Brotherhood into Egyptian politics, such collective responsibility is no longer possible.

Egypt rewarded for terrorism

Ilan GrappelThe White House has reportedly agreed to release 50 Egyptians held in American jails in exchange for Ilan Grappel, a dual US-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt. Presumably all the Egyptian prisoners are being held on terror-related charges, and it is noteworthy that the Egyptian junta wants them released.

In reality, the US is surrendering to the Muslim Brotherhood: in exchange for the Brotherhood’ turning a blind eye to Grappel’s release, it will be rewarded with released terrorists. Worse, the deal probably includes terrorists who belong to the Islamic Group, another potent force in Egypt which the junta has to placate in order to release Grappel.

The US also agreed to supply Egypt with state-of-the-art weapons which were denied even to Mubarak.

Who covers Assad?

Despite the ongoing Syrian crackdown, Western media are stuck with low the figure of 2,600 dead, which flies in the face of Assad’s military endeavors against the opposition, which greatly intensified in September after it became clear that Turkish threats of invasion were hollow. In particular, Assad’s forces went after army deserters, often gunning down their entire families. Judging by the fact that the draft fell almost to zero, the number of deserters runs in the tens of thousands.

Russia and Iran would love to hide the facts about Assad’s barbarity, but they have no control over Western media. The White House is the only party who influences their reporting, and Obama has a strong interest in playing nice with Assad: Washington depends on Damascus for a channel to Tehran and also to prevent terrorist infiltration into Iraq. For months, Obama hesitated to slap meaningful sanctions on Assad and to demand—as he demanded of Mubarak—that he leave the presidential palace.

As for the Syrian casualties, they are of lesser concern to Obama, and indeed pale in comparison with, for example, the 30,000 dead in the civil war the US started in Mexico as a cheaper alternative to properly guarding its borders against narco traffic.

Israel-Turkey: short of war

Israel-Turkey: short of warIsraeli-Turkish war is nowhere at sight, but clashes are quite real. If NATO stood idle during the Turkish-Greek skirmishes, it has still less incentive to interfere between Ankara and Jerusalem—or some would say, Tel Aviv. Obama, who was so forceful in ousting Mubarak, avoids pressing Erdogan.

The Turkish Navy is much larger than the Israeli Navy, and reasonably advanced. Israel has  four advantages: somewhat better training, drones, missile boats, and electronic jamming. The electronic jamming will be useful only until the Turks learn to bypass it, which is not difficult in small-scale operations. Israeli missile boats are tactically better than Turkish, but unless we’re in an all-out war to drown their ships, the boats are of limited use. Drones are vulnerable to standard Russian SAM batteries, of which the Turks have a few. Overall, we can stand skirmishes, but not a war with the Turkish Navy. Skirmishes can be turned to Israel’s advantage, as in 1971–72, when both the US and USSR became agitated over Israeli-Egyptian clashes spinning out of control.

Turkey is a test case for Israeli weapons sales. We have modernized many Turkish systems, which will be now used against us. So it remains to be seen whether we gain more by knowing and controlling those systems than from the enemy lacking them and probably substituting Russian analogues for them. That may lead the Israeli government to reevaluate its willingness to sell weapons to potentially hostile regimes.