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Elections are a funny thing
We here at NTEB have told you repeatedly for the last 12 months that the uprisings in Egypt and all over the Middle East were not “youth movements for democracy”, but a carefully orchestrated bid for a radical power grab by two factions. The first being the behind-the-scenes Muslim Brotherhood, and the second being Barack Obama. The MB gets the ‘boots on the ground’, stirring up the people to protest and riot and do all the dirty work for them.
Lenin referred to theses people, the unwitting ‘common man’, as the ‘useful idiots‘ that despots use to effect regime change. And on the other side of the coin you have President Obama using American money, might and influence to funnel billions of dollars back to the Brotherhood to keep their various efforts happening. Many have forgotten the billions of dollars that were funneled to the Brotherhood through the G8 at Obama’s urging. All this behind-the-scenes, cloak and dagger conspiracy theory is about to pay off big time as the Muslim Brotherhood have gotten themselves legally elected. Reminds me of another ‘legal’ election in Germany in 1933.
“CAIRO – The Muslim Brotherhood has already started coloring outside the lines in order to win a majority in Egypt’s parliamentary elections. The organization, which gave its political branch the more ambiguous title, The Party of Freedom and Justice (FJP), is expected to win 40 percent of the seats in the lower house of parliament, according to analysts estimates. Official results from the first round of voting will be announced Thursday. Based on our own observations at polling stations across Cairo and anecdotal evidence, they seem to have won support at the polls by bending the rules in their favor.” MSNBC
Muslim Brotherhood holds venomous anti-Israel rally in Cairo mosque Friday;
Islamic activists chant: Tel Aviv, judgment day has come.
Arab hate: Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo’s most prominent mosque Friday turned into a venomous anti-Israel protest, with attendants vowing to “one day kill all Jews.”
Some 5,000 people joined the rally, called to promote the “battle against Jerusalem’s Judaization.” The event coincided with the anniversary of the United Nation’s partition plan in 1947, which called for the establishment of a Jewish state.
Speakers at the event delivered impassioned, hateful speeches against Israel, slamming the “Zionist occupiers” and the “treacherous Jews.” Upon leaving the rally, attended were given small flags, with Egypt’s flag on one side and the Palestinian flag on the other, as well as maps of Jerusalem’s Old City detailing where “Zionists are aiming to change Jerusalem’s Muslim character.”
Propaganda material ahead of Egypt’s parliamentary elections was also handed out at the site.
Spiritual leader Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb charged in his speech that to this day Jews everywhere in the world are seeking to prevent Islamic and Egyptian unity.
“In order to build Egypt, we must be one. Politics is insufficient. Faith in Allah is the basis for everything,” he said. “The al-Aqsa Mosque is currently under an offensive by the Jews…we shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize al-Quds (Jerusalem.) We are telling Israel and Europe that we shall not allow even one stone to be moved there.”
‘We have different mentality’
Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen, as well as Palestinian guest speakers, made explicit calls for Jihad and for liberating the whole of Palestine. Time and again, a Koran quote vowing that “one day we shall kill all the Jews” was uttered at the site. Meanwhile, businessmen in the crowd were urged to invest funds in Jerusalem in order to prevent the acquisition of land and homes by Jews.
Throughout the event, Muslim Brotherhood activists chanted: “Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, judgment day has come.”
Speaking to Ynet outside the mosque following the prayer, elementary school teacher Ala al-Din said that “all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad for the sake of Palestine.”
“Why is the US losing in Afghanistan? Because the other side is willing and wants to die. We have a different mentality than that of the Americans and Jews,” he said. source – YNET
Egypt unrest stirs fears inside Israel
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 stabilises 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. source -Yahoo News
Defiant Egyptians converge for ‘million-man march’
CAIRO — Egyptians converged on Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Tuesday in response to a call for a so-called “million-man march” as protests against the country’s military rulers entered a fourth day.
Thousands of Egyptian protesters have been camping out on the square and clashing with police trying to force them to leave.
They hoisted a giant Egyptian flag and chanted slogans on Tuesday, evidence that an offer of resignation by the civilian Cabinet the day before has failed to quell the spreading unrest. Egypt’s state TV reported that three people were killed overnight in the eastern city of Ismailia, raising the overall death toll from the protests to at least 29.
Some 5,000 people surrounded a security headquarters in the northern coastal city of Alexandria and police responded by firing live ammunition, witnesses said. The state news agency MENA said 40 security officers were injured in the clashes.
Some 20,000 defiantly demonstrated in Tahrir Square overnight. However, the protests have yet to attract the hundreds of thousands who toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.
“The people want the fall of the marshal,” protesters chanted, referring to Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Mubarak’s defense minister for two decades and head of the army council.
Egyptian activists called for a huge turnout in protests on Tuesday to put an end to rule by the military. source – MSNBC
Protest in Tahrir Square against military rule
REUTERS – About 50,000 mainly Islamist protesters flocked to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to press Egypt’s military rulers to transfer power to elected civilians after the cabinet launched a move to exempt the army from parliamentary oversight.
The protesters chanted Islamic songs before Friday prayers while others handed out flyers demanding the withdrawal of the constitutional proposal and that presidential elections be held no later than April 2012, instead of at year end or in 2013.
“Does the government want to humiliate the people? The people revolted against Mubarak and they will revolt against the constitution they want to impose on us!” a member of an orthodox Islamic Salafi group cried out over loudspeakers.
“Down to military rule” and “No to making the army a state
above the state” were some of the chants echoing across Tahrir.
A military source said on Friday the army would hand power to a civilian government in 2012, without giving a exact date.
Except for the preponderance of bearded men and veiled women typical of strict Islamists, the mass rally recalled the 18-day, largely secular uprising centred in Tahrir that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11.
A parliamentary election set for Nov. 28 could be disrupted if political parties and the government fail to resolve a row over the proposal that would deny parliamentary oversight of the army, potentially allowing it to defy an elected government.
Over 39 political parties and groups said in a joint statement they would rally “to protect democracy and the transfer of power” after negotiations broke down between Islamist groups and the cabinet.
Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Silmi showed a constitutional draft to political groups earlier this month which would give the army exclusive authority over its internal affairs and
Salafi parties and movements who follow strict Islamic teachings were the earliest to galvanise support for the Friday protest, with the Muslim Brotherhood and a number of liberal parties following suit.
Thousands of Salafi protesters arrived in Cairo from different parts of the country, many waving flags and singing the national anthem while youth groups guarded entrances to the square to prevent thugs from slipping through.
“We came by bus from the Nile Delta. We have been called to come and show our refusal of army rule and support of civilian rule,” said Mohamed Ali, a member of the Salafi Al-Asalah party.
Anti-military rallies across Egypt
In the port city of Alexandria, thousands of Islamists and youth groups also held a rally and planned to head to a military base in a show of protest against the army.
“We went down to demand change but they removed Mubarak and brought the Field Marshal,” protesters in Alexandria chanted, referring to Mubarak’s former defence minister who now heads the military council that is supposed to guide Egypt to democracy.
Thousands also gathered in the Northern Sinai and Upper Egypt regions to protest but they called for an Islamic state, not a civilian state, the demand of protesters in the capital and Alexandria.
Despite Friday’s street outcry against the army, many ordinary Egyptians feel their country needs the military command to preside firmly over the transitional period.
Despite the unified call against the ruling generals, Tahrir square was split between the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and their harder-line Salafi rivals, represented by several political parties.
The two set up separate sound stages and organised their own speeches and chants, only joining forces for Friday prayers.
“Our aims are one but there are differences between us as Islamist groups,” said Abdullah Galil, a Salafi youth.
Liberal and leftist parties were also marching to Tahrir to take part in the rally. “There is no alternative but a return to the demands of the revolution which we must put back on track through a unified political voice,” Mohamed Anis, co-founder of the liberal mainstream Justice Party, said. source – France 24
Egypt Islamists plan mass rally against charter
Egyptian Islamists will hold a mass rally on Friday to protest a government draft of a basic constitution they say should be left to an elected parliament, a leading Islamist group announced on Wednesday.
The Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s best organised movement, said on its website it would hold the rally after the government went ahead with its plan to draft overarching constitutional principles.
The principles, which would bind a panel appointed by parliament that Islamists hope to dominate, were demanded by liberal and secular groups. A three-stage parliamentary election will start on November 28.
The government’s draft drew fire from most quarters for including clauses that removed the ruling military’s budget from parliamentary oversight and allowed the military final say on military-related laws.
The government revised the draft, but the Islamists, who organised a mass protest in July against such a charter, have rejected the very idea of a document that would limit parliament’s authority to draft the constitution.
“The cabinet is clinging on to undemocratic articles, so we have no choice but to stage a million person march to defend democracy on Friday,” the Brotherhood said.
The Brotherhood, through its Freedom and Justice Party, may emerge as the largest bloc in the election, the first since an uprising ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February. The military, which took charge after Mubarak’s ouster and suspended the constitution and parliament, says it will hand over power once a president is elected. source – Yahoo News
Egyptian natural gas is flowing again to Jordan – but not to Israel
Both Cairo and Amman are keeping quiet about the resumption of supplies through the Sinai pipeline which was sabotaged five times since the Egyptian revolution in February. Jordan has agreed to top up payment for the gas by an extra $250 million, but Cairo has broken off negotiations with Jerusalem on new prices so making sure that supplies to Israel are cut off for good.
That is not the only cause for concern about the state of peace ties between Egypt and Israel. While Israeli officials optimistically forecast the early reopening of the Israeli embassy in Cairo after it was wrecked 10 days ago by a radical Islamic mob, officials in Cairo quickly put a damper on this forecast by announcing that the Israeli ambassador would not return to Cairo any time soon.
And in a symbolic snub, the military junta banned the traditional export to Israel of palm fronds for the Four Species blessing on the Sukkot festival next month. Last year, Israel imported 650,000 palm fronds from northern Sinai.
The Prime Minister’s Office and defense officials shy away from admitting that relations with the Supreme Military Council ruling Egypt are going from bad to worse. They explain that the new rulers are just wary of stirring up the masses for more uncontrolled outbreaks like the mob assault on the Israeli embassy on Sept. 10.
Israeli sources have also tried to find a ray of light in the ban the Supreme Council imposed this week on the radical Gama’a al-Islamiya running for election in the first post-Mubarak parliamentary votes in November.
However, debkafile’s sources stress that this ban has nothing to do with easing relations with Israel. The generals are simply scared of the Islamist fundamentalists gathering momentum for armed resistance to their own rule.
As one informed Western observer put it: The military rulers used the Israeli embassy break-in as the pretext for restoring Hosni Mubarak’s emergency regulations while at the same time downgrading Egyptian-Israeli ties in controlled stages so as to avoid drawing Western attention.
The flow of Egyptian gas through Sinai was made possible only after Israel permitted Egypt to post troops in demilitarized Sinai to safeguard the pipeline against more sabotage. The irony of the situation is that the gas is being pumped through to Jordan while Israel is deprived.
The Egyptian junta is equally cynical and nonchalant about security in Sinai, especially along the border with Israel.
Since the terrorist attack from Sinai on the Eilat highway on Aug. 18, which left 8 Israelis dead, beefed up Egyptian forces have not carried out a single operation against the thousands of terrorists loose in the peninsula, including al Qaeda cells, likeminded jihadi networks and Palestinian gunmen. Nothing has changed except for a few scattered roadblocks.
Indeed, the Egyptian junta’s claims of operations for purging northern Sinai of armed gangs and destroying weapons smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip were just make-believe. It concealed Cairo’s renunciation of responsibility for security in the lawless peninsula and the Israeli border region, transferring it to the indigenous Bedouin tribes, together with a large measure of autonomy, in deals they struck with the local chiefs.
No responsible force is therefore around to chase back to the Gaza Strip a Palestinian Jihad Islami gang of 30 armed terrorists hanging about the Egyptian-Israeli border since Aug. 25 waiting for the right moment to cross over for a multiple attack inside Israel. They have felt free to rotate gang members with fresh gunmen without being harassed.
To avoid putting any strain on the weakening ties with Cairo, Israel’s government has not complained about the month-long terror alert which has suspended highway traffic and public transport between northern and southern Israel; nor about the need to redeploy the Golan Brigade from the Syrian border to the South for an indefinite assignment against the next cross-border terrorist attack from Egypt.
A senior army officer told debkafile that never before has Israel massed thousands of soldiers in one place for so long against a threat posed by a score and a half of terrorists. source – DEBKA