Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The New Egypt: " We'll Attack Israel If They Attack Hamas In Gaza"

From the mouth of American backed 'moderate' and future presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradi, in an interview with Al Watan:

"If Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime. In case of any future Israeli attack on Gaza - as the next president of Egypt – I will open the Rafah border crossing and will consider different ways to implement the joint Arab defense agreement."

ElBaradi, of course is saying this precisely because he's running for president, and realizes that it's a popular sentiment among Egyptians.

To understand the full context of this, you have to realize that for decades, the Egyptians have been propagandized by their government and their media that the 1973 War, rather than being a disastrous defeat for Egypt was actually a victory over the hated Jews. As Arik Sharon, the Israeli general who engineered that victory foresaw, the Israeli government bowing to US pressure and allowing the trapped and helpless Egyptian Third Army to retreat back to Egypt to save Arab 'humiliation' was a huge error. It led to a temporary peace, but sowed the seeds for a revanchist rematch further on down the line.

It's almost a certainty that the next Egyptian government will tear up the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, that the new Egypt is going to be an ally of Hamas, and that Muslim Brotherhood 'volunteers' and Iranian arms will flood into Gaza unimpaired from Egypt.

That's the problem with giving up valuable territory and resources for 'peace' when it comes to the Arabs. Their notion of what agreements and pledges mean when it comes to infidels is very different from our traditional Western sense of these things, and such things last only as long as they're convenient, especially when it comes to Israel. That's something the Israelis should definitely keep in mind before they make any further concessions to the 'Palestinians'...there' no such thing as a final settlement between Arabs and non-Muslims, just a temporary arrangement. And a coup or an assassination can make a deal null and void overnight.

Another aspect of this are the recent demands of new Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi.

When the Israelis gave the Egyptians back the Sinai( http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifwhich included some oil wells, among other things)part of the deal was that the Egyptians agreed to supply Israel with natural gas at slightly below market rates.

Now, al-Arabi is not only demanding that the price be upped, he wants for the price differences in the gas it purchased during the Hosni Mubarak era.

"We will demand from Israel the price differences of the gas exported to Israel during the previous regime," he stated.

Al-Arabi also claims that the Camp David Accords do not include a clause on selling gas and oil to Israel for a reduced price, and that those who interpreted it that way were "wrong" or "wanted to interpret it that way".

Yes, and Egypt honored this 'mistake' for what...thirty years?

Like I said...agreements mean different things to Arabs than they do to us.

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