Analysis: Israel treads carefully with Egypt
Egypt's President-elect Mohamed Morsi will have challenges ahead in communicating with Israel.
June 26th, 2012
09:11 AM ET

Analysis: Israel treads carefully with Egypt

By Elise Labott

The ball is now in Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi's court in terms of dialogue with Israel, according to Israeli officials who spoke with CNN's Security Clearance.

But those officials say there are intense concerns about terrorist cells in the Sinai that Egypt needs to get a handle on. Israel is desperate to avoid a military confrontation there.

The officials said that with Morsi, a former Muslim Brotherhood member, it's a bit of wait and see. They believe the domestic challenges he will be facing - the economy, the relationship with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, known as SCAF and other issuesย are so important and pressing that Israel does not expect Egypt's relations withย it to be a front-burner issue.

Which is why there are no expectations of immediate war or peace.

The Israeli officials believe Morsi understands keeping the peace treaty between the two nations can be an asset, as it can maintain the so-called peace triangle with the United States, which of course comes with substantial military and civilian assistance.

At some point some new channels may be opened and opportunities seized, but what can be achieved will be apparent only in the long run. The officials are cognizant that Morsi doesn't have a parliament or any concrete power yet and that the Egyptian military will be a critical player. This is seen as good for Israel, because the Israeli military has a good relationship with its Egyptian counterpart and Israel believes the SCAF sees Israel as a strategic asset.

They also expect the technocrats in the Egyptian ministries they have been dealing with to remain for continuity in the near term.

The most important barometer for relations seems to be the Sinai and Gaza. One bad incident could escalate tensions and officials say Israel really wants to avoid a confrontation. For years, although there were some border clashes, former President Hosni Mubarak was able to guide the Palestinians in Gaza to go only so far. And since his ouster, the SCAF has prevented things from completely deteriorating.

But officials say Israel is extremely concerned about cross-border attacks over the past year or so, including a deadly attack last August. In that incident, a group of militants engaged in a string of terror strikes on buses, civilian vehicles and soldiers 20 kilometers north of the resort city of Eilat, Israel, leaving eight people dead. Five Egyptian security troops were killed later the same day, an act believed to be the work of Israeli forces targeting militants in the area - which prompted the dramatic storming of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo by protesters a month later.

Israeli officials say Israel is behaving very cautiously because of the instability in Egypt. They don't want the Sinai to become an area for clashes forcing Israeli troops to enter Egyptian territory. Israel is sending urgent messages to the SCAF, directly and through other channels, about its anxiety.

But an explosive mix of lawlessness along the Egyptian-Israeli border since the fall of Mubarak, trafficking of weapons and people across the border from Sudan and terrorist activity is making the Sinai increasingly unstable, Israeli officials say. They point to terrorists, including some members of al Qaeda, moving freely in the area to target Israel, a fact even Egypt does not deny.

"We now have to face the reality that al Qaeda is present in Sinai," a senior Egyptian intelligence official told CNN last week. "ย ... Palestinian Islamic Jihadi factions now present in Sinai, along with al Qaeda cells, are active, and we are tracking them down."

Israel is looking for first the SCAF, and ultimately the Morsi government, to keep the border quiet. The SCAF isn't completely skirting responsibility, but it is not concentrating its efforts on the border because it has so many other priorities throughout the country. Officials say that the SCAF has acknowledged to the Israelis that terrorists cells are operating along the border and they are trying to do what they can, but Israel clearly doesn't think it is enough.

The Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is the main interlocutor whose original job was to monitor the peace treaty, providing peacekeepers in the Sinai. U.S. diplomatย David Satterfield, the leader of the MFO, has been intensively consulting with the Egyptians and Israelis. Earlier this week he made an urgent trip to Washington, where he met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and probably other U.S. officials.

Another complicating factor, according to the Israeli officials, is competition for control of Gaza between Hamas and other jihadi groups such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Although Hamas did launch some rockets over the past few weeks, nobody thinks Hamas wanted the situation to get out of control during the Egyptian elections.

Israel is interested in seeing how the relationship between Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas plays out and, given Morsi's statement that he wants to abide by international treaties, whether he will rein in Hamas.

In the wake of the election, there are lots of questions with no clear answers. For now the name of the game in Jerusalem, according to one official, is "strategic silence." They don't want to rush to any positive or negative conclusions.

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  1. kidsandbibs

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    December 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  2. SAS

    Here is a suggestion – while it is in the process of ( hopefully ) building a democracy – Egypt should hold a referandum on whether to continue its diplomatic relations with Israel as they exist, or terminate or downgrade them.

    That way, whatever Egypt's official policy towards Israel is, it can be vetted by the Egyptian public. This will enhance democracy as well as make sure that any external criticism of Egypt and its treatment of Israel will be tempered with reality.

    June 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  3. nope

    .

    June 27, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  4. Gerald

    How can this article refer ro Morsi as a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood?
    He is the current Head of the Muslim Brotherhood

    June 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Can not a former MEMBER become a current HEAD? He is not a 'member' anymore, he is the HEAD... ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  5. James

    I assume that these posters are all Arabs in disguise, Leftist welfare parasites and other America-haters. What a group!

    June 27, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
  6. Cheese Wonton

    The Egyptian Army wants to collect it's annual US aid and run it's many businesses. Their military is too cowardly, soft and incompetent to be bothered with a war against Israel, no matter how much ardor the islamists might have for such a confrontation. This is why Iran built the Revolutionary Guards, they couldn't trust their military.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      The Egyptian military leaders are not that eager to destroy their country and be killed in the process, genius.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
  7. big brains are bigger targets

    Hitlers mountain retreat, known as the Berghof, his favourite residence for more than 10 years until his death by suicide in a Berlin bunker in 1945

    go ahead and google it:

    articles/view/20110913/travel/Tourists-flock-to-the-mountain-haunted-by-Adolf-Hitler-s-ghost.384709

    now tell me what is wrong with this house idea and how is it like the failed state of israel location location location

    and why did hitler bother shoting himself ans: a life time member of the NRA (thats a joke) but Israels connection to the NRA is no joke and let me tell you those guys are as anti-american as you will find anyplace

    June 27, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
  8. dumb

    the creation of israel started in the 1800's

    genocide was the mind game that till this day hundreds of israelies spend billions of dollars of other peoples money every year to maintain their national theme park slogan never again which is a bad bumper sticker not a reason to steal land

    June 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Genocide of Arabs iby Israel s, probably, the ONLY reason the number of Arabs lining in Israel INCREASED TWELVE TIMES since 1948... and I'm waiting for you to proudly SHOW THE LEGAL DEEDS proving that the "stolen" lands belong to someone else.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
  9. dumb

    1. all summer

    2. just like hitler youth camps

    3. jewish is not a religion

    4. draft is not the same as manditory service from all men and woman starting at age 16

    5. germany is a small country

    6. show me a israel american who does not own a german car at some point

    7. lies are just one part of the brainwashing that starts real early with israelies

    8. hitler and israel love hiking in the top of mountians show me one summit without a isrealie on it anyplace and like you said not very many people so why are there so many of them mountiners

    9. israelies are always the first to tell you how inferior you are and how your thinking is wrong even when not asked just like their relitive hitler

    10. how many times does anyone need to see dead people to feel guilty then give their money to the israelie but not the russians who killed way more of their citizens durring the same time period except almost 40 million more by stalin

    June 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  10. you just cannot make this stuff up

    israel spent 1 billon dollars to kill HCR law in america before they sent it to the supreme court to get destroyed

    that's 35 million dead Americans per yer going forward

    israel owns cemetarys in america where they burn the dead (not isrealies though ofcourse) in ovens at night just like hitler did in the 40's

    June 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  11. you just cannot make this stuff up

    when HCR gets overturned by the supreme court it will be because of israel I have names and addresses and phone numbers and quotes and news footage

    fact: jews lost six million to their own bloodline hitler

    when HCR law gets screwed by the israel it will kill 35 miliion americans per year in America

    do the math

    the U.S. supreme court is run by israel

    June 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  12. you just cannot make this stuff up

    Helen Thomas , for example, the former opinion columnist who lost her job this year after saying that Jews in Israel should go home to germany and poland

    she was all good well respected then spoke out and got jewed out of her job

    June 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  13. its no secret

    good luck going to school anyplace and not having israel profs and instructors K-Doctorate

    June 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  14. its no secret

    that hitler had the hitler youth that did a lot of camping and spending time at camp the hitler youth later became hitlers army

    israle in america send their children to jewish only camps without exception to train those kids to be a part of the israel army which is manditory for teenagers

    June 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • Hannah

      Are you kidding me? Did you just compare jewish summer camps to HITLER YOUTH??? Parents send their kids to jewish summer camp to learn about their religion and to have fun. It is nice for them to be in a jewish environment for a couple of weeks a year, as in America, Jews are a minority.

      America had the draft at one point to. Most countries do or have had one. Israel is a small country, so yes, they do require military service from 18 year olds for 2-3 years. America also allows 18 year olds to serve.

      June 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  15. MehBOOB BUTT

    isreal all the way ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  16. MehBOOB BUTT

    lol

    June 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  17. David

    LOL.
    CNN JUST REMOVED THIS FORUM. DON'T LIKE TO HEAR THE TRUTH.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHiiiiiiy

    June 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • Max67

      David, you have a Jewish name ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

      June 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  18. did you

    that israel run American legislation and courts and elections but are one three percent of the population with censors locked into every place the truth might get told so as to reject it

    June 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  19. David

    Back to our story!
    Israel is not looking good with the Egyptian new government.
    They have to tread very carefully. You guys need to understand the good days of Husni Mubarak are over and now you have to start all over. But this time the people in the office have not forgot what you did to them the past 40 years. No more free stuff.
    America, please, stop the welfare money to Israel. It is not our child and we are not doing good anymore. Our financial is screwed up because of Bush.
    Findout what the Zionist are doing to our government. Who are these people at the AIPAC?

    Most importantly, what is the masonic movement and what is their motives????????

    June 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Max67

      David, you have a Jewish name ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

      June 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Ameritalib

      David teach those morons. Madof and other zionists robed this country blind.

      June 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
    • Shooter

      david
      you should read more about brotherhood terorrist organization.

      June 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  20. zulu

    Israel is an example of apartheid and state sponsored terrorism. They truly believe what worked in the old testament, will work today.

    It's time for Judaism to reject the idea of Israel, as it endangers them more than any other threat.

    Israel is in violation of more UN resolutions than any other country, including Iran.

    Israel has proliferated nuclear materials to South Africa, during the period in which the were designated state sponsors of terror.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • hill88

      Indeed, Israel has commited hundreds of violent crimes against the Palestinian people, and the world as a whole.

      They are a prop up nation, held together with money from rich American zionists, and their total hegemony over the American media.

      AIPAC is the structure that breathes life into this evil machine.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • David

      Yes Zulu,
      The act of terrorisim.
      Now I will be called a terrorist for telling the truth and you too.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • rob

      Couldn't agree more.

      Israel is the greatest danger to world peace since the Third Reich.

      It's time to cut back on Israeli handouts.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • Shooter

        what would you do if terorrists fire rockets on london? newyork? berlin? paris? L.A?
        you would do the same.
        the mission is to protect israel from terorrists. palestinians are terorrists who use suicied bombers to kill citizens in restaurants and buses..
        thats a shame how you guys talking.

        June 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
      • rob

        You are not at all familiar with the facts bubba.

        And that is sad.

        June 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  21. did you know

    That israel is a failed state and that its "citizens" are the same DNA as Hitler if you listen to the way Hitler yelled you can hear the Israel tone timber & timing

    June 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  22. David

    Thinker,
    What settlers means?
    Are you a settler?
    And why would they settle in Palestine?
    Who is settling in Palestine?

    June 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • David

      Well, I will answer that for you.
      A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally people who take up residence on land.
      Properly, you are a settler. Taking a land by colonizing it means asking for trouble. Don't expect this trouble to end soon. It is getting worse and please don't include me in it.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      David... Settlrs are people who SETTLE on the land and build their homes there. I do not see any reason to say that one settler is domehow better than another only because one of them is a Jew and the other is an Arab.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  23. David

    The good part of this forum, you guys can't delet comments just what you do every day by trying to convince the others with your crap. Israeli Jews are all over the media just what they did in Germany and caused the pain and suffer to the Jews. But this time these people caused the suffer and pain to the Palestinians.

    For people who want to know the truth, they need to go back to the Balfour declaration.
    In 1896, Theodor Herzl, a Jewish journalist living in Austria-Hungary, published Der Judenstaat ("The Jewish State"), in which he asserted that the only solution to the "Jewish Question" in Europe, including growing antisemitism, was through the establishment of a Jewish State. Political Zionism had just been born.[3] A year later, Herzl founded the Zionist Organization (ZO), which at its first congress, "called for the establishment of a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under public law". Serviceable means to attain that goal included the promotion of Jewish settlement there, the organization of Jews in the diaspora, the strengthening of Jewish feeling and consciousness, and preparatory steps to attain those necessary governmental grants.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Congratulations, David! You ARE able to say te truth sometimes. Unfortunately, you've forgot to tell us WHAT WAS YOUR POINT?

      June 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Max67

      You are full of BS.
      The Jews control the media??? Have you seen news lately? Most of the media is against Israel. See how many Mus-lims are in the media, including CNN. But for idiots like, Jews will always control the media.
      Balfour declaration was given in 1917 not in 1896.
      And what do you want to accomplish by trying to recap Jewish history of the Zionist movement? What is wrong with trying to reestablish a Jewish state at the Jewish Land?
      You try to through dirt but you seem not to have a lot of knowledge at the subject matter.
      I would think the you would want to change your name; after all David is a very distinguish Jewish name.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
      • David

        Max,
        You guys have to explain your points with slogans which does not make you right. The fact, I copied paste the part about the creation of the Zionist ideology!
        I was trying to point balfour declaration.
        You can go and do some studies what the Zionist Jews did to Germany?

        June 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • zulu

        Jews DO control the media.

        Fact, look at the CEOs, and their last names....

        June 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Zulu... Those who are SMART, EDUCATED and HARD WORKING usually succeed in this world and become CEOs. Try it!

        June 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  24. Thinker23

    You did not answer my question, David... Considering that Israe is the ONLY state in the Middle East where ALL citizens have the very same equal rights regardless of their race, ethnicity, religioin or gender WHAT makes you think that Israel is an "apartheid"? What is "apartheid", in yohur opinion?

    June 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Realist

      War to be followed by another arab defeat.

      Sharon should have taken his tanks into Cairo in 1973 - the average Egyptian would be 100 times better off.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        It was easy for the Israelis to take Cairo in 1973. It would be IMPOSSIBLE for them to deal with 15 million angry and hungry Egyptian civilians there.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Realist

        The Egyptians would still have been better off under Israelis than their own military.

        June 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • David

      n.
      1. An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites.
      2. A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.
      3. The condition of being separated from others; segregation.

      If that is what you wanna hear, it is the truth.
      The problem thinker and you are no thinker is that Israel practiced every and worse than what Germany did to the Jews by the name of the holocaust. Go back to your comments and watch your comments with all kind of slogans to other racis. You and Israel couldn't be other than aparthied!

      June 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        David... According to the definition of apartheid you've found Israel is NOT one by any stretch of imagination and this makes you a LIAR. Your claim about Israel doing the same to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to the Jews during the Holocaust (namely, KILLING every Jew possible) makes you a LIAR again. If this claim was true there would be no Palestinians alive today.

        June 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • David

        Thinker, do you even watch the news. I make no lies. And watch, I am not capitalizing my words.
        Palestinian kid standing in front of a tank. Israel respond with a bullet when a Palestinian throw a rock. Israel claims that a rock can kill so we get to shoot them. Your speech about the others like other people's lives don't matter to you. Holding civilians under administrative detention for years is completely fair. Yet, you call every Palestinian a terrorist???
        Nah, you are not aparthied.

        June 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Max67

        David, you have a Jewish name ๐Ÿ™‚ !!!

        June 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • Thinker23

        David... Do you seriously suggest that Israelis would start throwing rocks at Palestinians in response to Palestinians throwing rocks at Israelis? They they would plant bombs in Palestinian schools and shopping centers in response to similar actions of the Palestinians? Sorry, will not happen. As long as the Palestinians are willing the war to continue it wmeans that they are happy with it. Isarelis have EVERY RIGHT to chose any legitimate weapon to defend themselves, their families and their country and continue doing it as long as the Palestinians refuse to ask for peace.

        June 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • packattack40

      Probably that fact that if you are Jewish they will give you citizenship no questions asked while if you are a gentile you have to go through a long and arduous process to attain Israeli Citizenship it is a Jewish-Democracy due to strict citizenship policy. Lets be honest why would Jews be the majority in a country in an Area where there are over 1 Billion Muslims. Even in the country itself, it is 60-40 Jews to Muslims.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Every country has the right to decide who can and who can not be granted citizenship of the said country. Even Israel.

        June 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  25. David

    The Palestinians or any one on earth did not have to pay the price for what the Germans did to the Jews. We know just like any criminal organization, money and politics don't mix. The Zionist group which is part of the haganah criminal organized group did every thing the German did to the Jews.
    Yes sir, it is the truth that Israel was established on the murder and the genocide of the Palestinians.
    You can see for yourself, Israel has no friend. The only friend Israel knows is money and power. Israel attacked the USS liberty ship, killed rachael corrie in cold blood, murdered people on the flolita ship for trying to send medicine to the Palestinians which the Israelis been holding these people in gaza hostages for the past 60 years after they murdered and evicted them from their homes and yet they are still bringing Jews from all over the world to continue their hate crimes against the Palestinians.
    For people to know, that Palestinians are Christians and Jews a long with Muslims, not what the Israelis teach their hate to their kids.
    Search for Norman fenkelstein and George Galloway what they have to say.
    Wake up America, no more AIPAC before its too late.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Palestinians are paying the price of the stupidity and racism of their own leaders. If they were willing to live in peace thery would have peace. As long as they prefer a war instead they will have what they ask for.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • Shooter

        what do you expect from terorrists?
        HAMAS= terorrists organizetion took over control in gaza strip at 2007. no chance to have a peace with terorrists.
        David- unfortunately you dont know the history well. if you compare Haganah to HAMAS.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • David

        Shooter, said who? You .
        I don't think so, not because you said I dont know history it means it is true where you did not advance any history facts other than slogans.
        I am very well informed of the palestinian issue and the fact you wanna move forward and the others don't wanna do that.
        Let me put it this way, no peace if you guys don't go back to the true history and stop making up false statement. We know the best lawyer is a Jewish lawyer but this not a judicial system and this is not the way it works.
        You can't sentd millions of people homeless and expect them just to watch you from the other side of the river. Trust me, they are gonna keep trying to cross it.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • Thinker23

        David... Your inability to answer even simple questions about your own claims (What is "apartheid"?) tells volumes about you, your integrity and how well you're informed.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • packattack40

        I bet you'd love to get White Phosphorous rained down on your too and to have your land slowly taken away by armed settlers. Not to mention the Ashkenazi's are not even Semites they are from Eastern Europe. O I can totally tell your Mid Eastern roots with your pale white skin and Russian accent sir.

        June 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Max67

      David, you have a Jewish name ๐Ÿ™‚ !!!!

      June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  26. Humanity4All

    Israel is hurting this country and keeping us busy in middle east. They have no intentions of peacfully settling issues within region. Bashing, Speculation and Propogonda will aways keep things tensed.... Relax and leave us alone so we can compete with rest of world.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      When the facts and your beliefs contradict each other it's not the facts that should be corrected. The fact is that it was Israel that recognized all Arab states (including the still non-existing Palestinian state) since 1948 and offered them peace. The fact is that 20 out of 22 Arab states still did not recognize the right of Israel to exist and rejected all possible solution short of destruction of Israel.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • packattack40

      I agree 100% I think we should organize against AIPAC and drive them from America. They represent Jews who are 1.75 of our population, not to mention not every Jew in this country even likes the Israeli government due to its consistent human rights abuses.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Good luck... To do it you'll have to cancel freedom of speech in the US, genius.

        June 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  27. Thinker23

    As long as the Arabs are willing the war against Israel to continue it wil continue and more Arabs will be killed. When the number of dead Arabs will satisfy those still alive they will aks for peace. Then (and ONLY then) peace wll become possible.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  28. David

    Israel is apartheid state. Israel was never up for any good. Israel doesn't represent Jews. Israel will never see the light of peace ever. The sad thing, Israel will cause all the Jews a price that no one can handle.
    Wake up America, AIPAC is taking you for a ride!

    June 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Israel is the ONLY state on thre Middle East where ALL citizens have the very same equal rights regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or gender. What is "apartheid" in your opinion?

      June 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Florin

        building Jewish only roads and villages, enshrining a country as being one ethnoreligious group's state, having religious figures control marriage and immigration, making it illegal to marry ourside the faith {or not legally recognize Jewish marriage to Christrians} – never giving building permits to Arabs but freely giving to Jews...

        Give me a break you silly hasbara shill

        June 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Florin... Can you prodice something that is NOT A LIE? There are "Jewish only roads" but there are roads which only ISRAELIS can use. Every fourth Israeli is AN ARAB making your other claim about the "one ethnoreligious group state" A LIE as well. Further, Israel RECOGNIZES ANY LEGAL MARRIAGE made in ANY country and this fact makes your third claim A LIE. Finally, if Israel NEVER gave building permits to Arabs they would live suspended in thin air which is not the case... and this makes your last claim A LIE as well. Now let me repeat my question: Are you able to produce something that it NOT A LIE?

        June 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
      • Thinker23

        My reply to Fiorin above should read "Thereare NO "Jewish only" roads. Sorry for the typo.

        June 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Ameritalib

      Thank you David. There are good smart jews still alive. Thanks God

      June 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Shooter

      israel is a democracy? of course not. syria is a democracy, palestine is a democracy, iran is a democracy...

      Israel is apartheid state- stupid thing i have EVER heard

      June 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Max67

      David, you have a Jewish name ๐Ÿ™‚ !!
      .

      June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  29. Alex Povolotski

    Israel should take Sinai and Suez by force and not give it back again just like they did the last time. Otherwise, they would be fighting for their land forever and ever, like they did for thousands of years.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • David

      Israel can't do that. This time is different, Israel is being isolated. America can't help anymore. Americans are not being brain washed by your media and lies. The truth about the apartheid state of Israel is comming to the light.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
      • Shooter

        David you look so worried about whats happining in the middle east.
        put your efforts to help syrian people instead saying stupid things on israel.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  30. Ameritalib

    Its so ironic that the country that initiated the war on terrorism is the same country that support the biggest terrorist of the world. The mere creation of the state of Helsrael is Terrorism.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  31. Paolo

    They should be concerned. Those Mulims want Israeli blood. they WILL NOT stop until Israel is annihilated. They've even said so out loud.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Ameritalib

      Paolo Amen to that. That zionist state will be vanished sooner or later. with you or without you. world peace is coming then.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        I do not have any reason to believe that without Israel the Arabs and other Muslims will stop murdering Christians, Hindus, Africans, Americans, Russians, Europeans and each other.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • paul

        "peace is coming then" – Ameritalib

        "It [the Sudetenland] is the last territorial claim that I have to make in Europe.โ€ – Hitler, 1938

        June 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  32. Gary B. Sanford

    Israel "is" on the back burner because they have alienated the international community with their arrogant, bad behavior. Additionally, Americans and the West are sick and tired of being extorted for billions of dollars so that Israelis and Arabs can squabble over who got their first. Work it out on your own–or don't work it out.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      What would YOU do better if you were the Prime Minister of Israel responsible for the security and prosperity of the country and its citizens?

      June 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
      • Gary B. Sanford

        The same thing I'd do if I stuck my hand in a flame. Get burned.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Gary... So you belive that if Prime Minister of Israel burned his hand the Muslims would become peaceful? It's a pretty... well, ORIGINAL idea, to put it mildly.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • Ameritalib

        Christians and Muslims live together as Palestinians. They are united agaist the occupiers,the zionists.. Christian Palestinians are treated as bad by the zionists, go figure,idiot

        June 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Ameritalib

      Without the Arab helsrael conflict the US will go bankrupt. This military industrial compound of US will have no buyers for their destructive merchandise

      June 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  33. Ameritalib

    Only idiots and Zionists think that israel is a democracy. Israel is military state that was created by the west to get rid of the trash of the west. That zionist trash destroyed the German economy and now destroying the US economy and the rest of the world. American aew seeing what the zionist are doing. The average American has no say on that since the policy makers are all kiss ass for the AIPAC . In God we trust. The truth will be out for everyone to see one day and what happen in Germany will happen here.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Shooter

      ur stupid american. stop giving money to egypt! billions of $ every year. stop giving them Abrams Tanks.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      ISrael IS a democracy do you like it or not. Israel is the ONLY satte in thre Middle East where ALL citizens have the very same equal rights regardless of their ethnicity, race, religion or gender. The enemies of the Jewish State may blame Israel for their own failures ad infinitum but it's up to them to decide what they want. If they want peace they'll have it. If they want war they'll have it as well.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Ameritalib

        IQ23 The Arabs and Muslims are the founders of the greatest civilizations on earth. US is not even one.

        June 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • paul

      You go on now, keep believing in conspiracy theories. The rest of us will deal with reality, go to college, get real jobs with benefits, pretty wives, and live great lives while you and the other nuts on here sink further into poverty and paranoia.

      June 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  34. Jerry in Colorado Springs

    As long as Congress (i.e. U.S. taxpayers) keep giving $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to Egypt the "Peace Treaty" w/Israel will probably be upheld. Maybe.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  35. linkdude

    Israel is being surrounded by fanatics.Lol

    June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Jerry in Colorado Springs

      Israel has its own paranoid fanatics. It is a volatile region.....

      June 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Shooter

      thats true unfortunately...
      thats the middle east.. lots of arabs lots of muslims lots of terorrists lots of fanatics.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • Proud Egyptian Soldja

        Send Israel back to where they came from & there won't be any fanatics. LOL

        They are an uninvited guest in our region, and will always be hated for their unwanted presence.

        It's like you come to a party un-invited and assume everyone is happy seeing you.

        And the real truth hurts you and you can't live with it so you decide to stay until the party is over & everyone's back
        home thinking what an Idiot !

        An as to the ignorant american who is saying stop giving the Egyptians money. LOL

        You are not our provider in fact you can't be. look at your pockets roaming in the streets leaving your country running to the gulf looking for jobs.

        You don't have money to eat but your government has the money to go to WAR !!!

        I am disgusted with the way you have been brainwashed by your government. Everyone hates yur foreign policy and ans so as your own people and everyone around the globe.

        I love to see Washington return our monument in front of the white. Sometimes I sit and wonder how did they manage to ship such an enermous historical monument!

        If we decide to focus on tourism only, not one Egyptian needs to work if our new government distributes wealth among st its people correctly.

        In fact we are the largest historical and treasury land on earth. Wake up and stop being a hater caz you're not one of us and can't do 1% percent of what we achieved during this year !

        Go and smoke something, eat some nachos with the Mexicans, rob each other and smile to each other !

        June 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
      • Ameritalib

        Fighting for your right. Fighting for what someone stole from you is not terrorism ass wipe. Go to your jew hell. before 1948
        there was never a country by the name of israel, never ever

        June 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  36. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/movers-and-shakers/

    June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  37. linkdude

    Same Muslim Brotherhood wants Assad to leave in order to take parliament and presidency. West and USA, fighting against Assad are fools. They will regret about it.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
  38. tyoon

    hi

    June 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
  39. Tom

    It was a mistake by Menachem Begin to give Sinai to Egypt. Egyptians can't handle the security there – that's absolutely clear.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
    • Louma

      "It was a mistake by Menachem Begin to give Sinai to Egypt", R u kidding me, GIVE !!! Sinai to Egypt. Thats like storming in to someones home and taking over his living room, and then saying "I was an A**hole to give it back to him". Or should i say "be kicked out of it" ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • Ameritalib

        Helsrael shouldnt be there. In 1940 there were not 6 millioin jews in the whole planet. how the hell Hitler the jew killed 6 millions in Germany alone. TRUE LIEs. Google it

        June 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • paul

        Israel won the Sinai in a defensive war. According to international law it belonged to them. It was their to "give" in exchange for peace.

        June 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  40. stan gun

    Sod off, Israel is not protecting assad or any of the muslim tyrants

    June 26, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  41. stan

    screw the zions, they're protecting Assad right now, if it wasn't for them the USA would have bombed him by now

    June 26, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • TOG

      You're an idiot, TROLL.

      June 26, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • tyoon

        troll

        June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Shooter

      LOL you are IDIOT!
      brotherhood=terorrists
      the arabs cause all the problems in the middle east.israel is the only democracy country in the middle east. israel is surrounded by extremly muslims countries who want to destory israel just because its a jewish state.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  42. take a pill

    isreal shoud try changing all of the fear based words they use

    isreal is the sixth happy country on earth

    It will be a good day when I can go into a bagel shop and not have to experience crazy people it will be a good one but I will not hold my breath because all of those same people have to drive by a WWII death camp car on display before they get down to the hard buisness of complaining for a living

    June 26, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Zionist

      Take a pill AKA Mohammed, I doubt if there are any Bagel shops in Israel. Bagels are an American invention. It does show what an Ignorant Jew hater you are.

      How come a nation that is only 9 miles in size is thriving? and the rest of the Middle East is so backward? What Jew conspiracy are you going to blame it on?

      Why are the over one million Arabs that live in Israel have per capita the highest level of income and education in the middle east?

      June 28, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply

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