Israeli-Egyptian Peace: The Beginning of the End


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From Friday evening to early Saturday morning the equivalent of a high-jinks, nail-biting rescue movie occurred at the Israeli embassy in Cairo. As far as the endangered individuals were concerned, it even had a happy ending. Nothing else about it inspires much cheer, though.

It started (timeline here) at about 5 p.m. on Friday when about five thousand Egyptian protesters who had been at legendary Tahrir Square—from which not long ago Thomas Friedman was extolling the “democracy youth” and saying “Israel was not part of this story at all”—made their way to the nearby Israeli embassy “armed with clubs, hammers, axes and explosives.” The “youth” started cursing Israel and demanding that its ambassador and other diplomatic staff be expelled.

Over the next few hours they hammered down a concrete wall surrounding the embassy, overran the building (the Israeli offices were on the 16th-19th stories), smashed windows, set fires, spray-painted anti-Israeli graffiti, looted the embassy’s archive, and—in a reprise of an earlier such exploit on August 20—tore down and burned the Israeli flag. (You can see some of it here, including Egyptian security forces standing around doing nothing.)

By that time Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and security chiefs were watching these proceedings live in Jerusalem on the embassy’s security cameras. They gave an evacuation order, and by 9:30 almost the entire staff of the embassy were taken to the airport in Cairo—all except six Israeli security guards who remained in one room of the building, locked behind reinforced doors.

As their lives appeared increasingly in danger while the mob kept roiling inside and outside the building, by 11 p.m. Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak contacted President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials about the crisis, as well as Egyptian officials.

Somewhat later, “according to “Arabic-language media,” says Israel Hayom’s timeline,

officials in Jerusalem begin frenzied attempts to establish contact with senior military leaders in Cairo, explaining to them that embassy workers are inside the building and that their lives are in danger. According to Al-Jazeera [confirmed by Israeli sources as well], Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, who heads Egypt’s Supreme Military Council, refuses to accept Netanyahu and Barak’s calls. (emphasis added)

By 1 a.m.,

Egypt sends soldiers to secure the embassy compound…. The six security guards still await their rescue [firing shots in the air, according to other reports], while dozens of protesters are just outside the room where they were hiding.

It was only at about 4 a.m., under direct U.S. pressure, that Tantawi agreed to send an Egyptian commando force to rescue the Israelis. One of the latter was meanwhile in direct phone contact with Netanyahu and told him, “If something happens, I ask that you let my parents know in person, and not over the telephone.”

Not long after,

The rescue operation takes place under a hail of Molotov cocktails. The mob attempts to block the exit route of the armed vehicles taking the six Israelis, disguised in Arab dress and with their faces covered, to the airport. Meanwhile, hundreds of troops and police, using live fire, manage to disperse the thousands of protesters. According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, casualties among the mob include three dead and around a thousand injured.

In the aftermath, Netanyahu addressed the nation on Saturday night. He said Israel was “acting along with the Egyptian government to quickly return our ambassador to Cairo” and “intends to adhere to the peace treaty with Egypt.” As for the rescue of the security guards, he said his conversation with Obama was “a decisive moment, I would say even fateful. He told me: ‘I will do whatever I can,’ and he employed all means in his power. I think we owe him special thanks.”

On Sunday Netanyahu told the Israeli cabinet “that a plan for the six guards to escape through a window and onto the roof of the embassy building was scotched after it became clear that 50 angry protesters, with ‘blood in their eyes,’ already had reached the spot.”

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  • Fred Dawes

    You can never have peace with people like muslims anyone or jew who thinks that way will end up dead or enslaved by the muslims, islam means EVIL. Do not follow the ideals of PC It means enslavement to total evil.

    • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

      The dhimmilike appeasement by Israel of the rabid fury of Egypt as well as the
      apologetic attitude in face of Erdogan's measures and threats are orchestrated
      by an illadvised and vaccillating U.S.A.

    • aspacia

      Dawes. I do not understand your first sentence.

      • Fred Dawes

        AND YOUR POINT IS?

  • Larry

    And for anybody who thought that the "Arab Spring" wasn't going to lead to another all out assault and genocide attempt against Israel I have a couple of bridges for sale.

    Good condition, only fallen down once each.

  • Chezwick_mac

    The sad part is, all those pundits and politicians who originally embraced the "Arab spring" will simply fall silent and all will be forgotten. They won't be held accountable for the folly of their views…the world will be too preoccupied cleaning up the mess.

    • WildJew

      I won't forget Elliott ("Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world") Abrams.

    • umustbkidding

      Exactly how do you clean this up? I never thought it would be possible that the entire middle east would get worse but, here it is. An entire region of the world is insane and on fire looking for blood. With governments turning their heads pretending it isn't happening and that Islam is a peaceful religion.

      • Chezwick_mac

        You're right…I guess I should have written

        "…the world will be too preoccupied TRYING to clean up the mess."

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Ones again,Israel is surrounded by enemies,not only close by but also
    in those far away countrys who ones were supposed to be friends.
    Nice friends at that.With friends like that you don't need enemies.
    And that person in the oval office!! Barack Hussein Obama!! says, Israel
    does'nt belong to countrys who are attacked by terrorists.
    You might think that Barack Hussein Obama has not much liking for Jews.

  • kafir4life

    Is it true that muslims act like rabid animals because of their pedophilic prophet mohamat the pig-faced "prophet" of satan, or because they are muslims, and dats the way they float?

  • montlasky

    As usual, we have more proof that we are alone in this world with few allies and those "allies" ,other than the USA, are a figment of Jewish imaginiation.. When push comes to shove, the "allies" become screaming mobs burning Israeli flags. We need unity between the left and right factions of the Jewish people, a difficult thing to achieve, but we must pursue this goal and close ranks against a hostile world. The hostility amongst Jews themselves like the Soros's of this world who is directly trying to split the Jewish people into left and right camps, must be tackled before we take on this hostile world we live in. Destruction of the "enemy within" is our first priority.

    • aspacia

      True, but with Jews like Aljizz's Levine, Chomsky, et al, supporting Israel's destruction, there is a problem.

    • ziontruth

      "We need unity between the left and right factions of the Jewish people,…"

      Unity can only be formed on the basis of shared foundational beliefs. For example, as a right-wing Jew I can gloss over the differences I have with left-wing Jews on economics, but there's no way I could compromise with left-wing Jews of the type that reject the rightfulness of Zionism.

      While the peril of insisting on ideological purity is real, the opposite danger of lacking standards completely is also real. There's a limit as to how much the big tent of Jewish solidarity can stretch, and I would hope everyone would agree the rejection of Zionism is past that limit.

    • Nina

      Yes, true. But how exactly do you propose to do this? The Israel hating Jews will not budge. They have the heaven of world peace on their minds. Only an imminent danger to their existance could open their eyes. But as they are living in the West, nothing like this could happen to them. So they will sacrifice Israel without compunction to arrive at their perceived utopia.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    As I have repeatedly posted, Jews in Eretz Israel must, simply must clean up the unJewish elements from positions of power, be those at universities, in the self elected judicial, the police, paramilitary rabid anti-Jewish units, the military and basic education. The media is ,as it is all over, in their vast majority inimical to a JEWISH STATE.
    Once the above is accomplished without firing a shot, those in islam as well as others will take a step back and think it over before allowing attacks on our people or national interests.

    • aspacia

      Hum, not a great idea. You seem to support thought crime.

      • SHmuelHaLevi

        On the contrary.
        I support the separation from state control functions of a strata of folk that sabotages the state, directly or through their islamic "partners", AKA proxies.
        They have intentionally caused thousands of "victims of peace" and just yesterday promoted in their controlled radio system the repetition of the Altalena murders against Jews.
        One of those favoring killing Jews by their partners got fired from the JP a few days ago.
        They have been underminig the State and Jewish aspirations for many years. Their violence, includes using paramilitary units to attack Jews and destroy Jewish property.

        • aspacia

          Okay. Threats to murder others now illegal in the states, however this was not the case until after 9/11. People may protest against the government, and this is the case in any true democracy.

          We have similar groups in the U.S., Black Panthers, CAIR, Communists, Nazis, and their freedom of speech is guaranteed, just as it is guaranteed in Israel. Albeit, their use of violence is illegal. Too bad Ayers and Dorn are free because of a legal loophole.

      • umustbkidding

        the anti Jews have to be cleaned out of positions of power. Right on. Just as we have anti Americans in congress and in the Presidency. They all must go and it has nothing to do with thought crimes.

        • aspacia

          We have freedom of speech and you appear to disagree with this.

    • ziontruth

      IMO there needs to be only one test: Compliance with the foundational idea that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish nation. Apart from that necessary belief, without which there is no bar to the seditious activities of the Marxist-Islamist alliance against Israel, pluralism should be maintained.

      Political discourse and activity in Israel needs to become a sandbox in which every aspect of a normal democracy is allowed except breaking the bounds of the sandbox, namely, disputing the right of the Jews to political sovereignty on and unlimited inhabitation of the Land of Israel. That is fortified democracy, democracy capable of defending itself—exactly that which was lacking in 1930s Germany, and you know the rest. All controversies allowed except putting the very framework up for grabs; in Israel's case, that framework is Zionism.

      • aspacia

        Yes Zion:-)

  • Jim

    When Putin asked the Jews to come back to Russia and still keep their religion Dennis Prager said he thought Putin was definitely not anti Semitic;but he said Jews should feel safest only in a democracy. Well the Arab Spring is billed as a democracy and the Turks are now democratic. So how safe is democracy for anybody in those lands.

    Besides Russia is now also democratic; So democratic that the Communist party is allowed to run in elections and holds a large block in the Duma. Unfortunately the Communists are very anti Semitic

  • Marty

    egypt is lost and it is only a matter of time until islamists seize control and destroy any hope for democracy to occur. The events in egypt are one more sign that the hostility of muslims toward any aspect of western civilization and human rights is growing. egypt will become a gigantic lebanon with copts, who are as much as 20 percent of the population in the southern part of the the country, establishing their own statelets in an effort to avoid mass murder on the part of muslims. The one hope is that the various competing groups of egyptian muslims will be so occupied with slaughtering one another that they will have no time or strength to hurt human beings.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Israel is surprised that after trying to prop up Mubarak, that Egyptians now free of Mubarak are ripping out the Israeli embassy? Really? Honestly, really???

    • aspacia

      The U.S., not Israel propped up Mubarak.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Israel propped up Mubarak with their mouths on his rear end. The US sent him money. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/31/us-egyp

        • MixMChess

          Israel never propped up Mubarak, and the article you cite only proves the well known fact that Israel was allies with the Mubarak government. Seriously, get a life.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Waaah. Israel lost Qadhafi. Waaah. Israel lost Mubarak. Waaah. Israel lost the Shah of Iran. Waaah. Israel lost Sadat. This crybaby sob story is like the movie Black Sunday. How many remakes are they going to issue? Let's see: Waaah Israel loses Robert Mugabe? Wahhh. Israel loses Rick Perry? Waaah. Israel loses Fidel Castro?

        • aspacia

          Of course! Mubarak honored the treaty; a peace treaty that will be dissolved after another Muslim attack against Israel.

          Oh, didn't you know that Christians are not allowed to serve in Muslim majority lands, however they are allowed to serve in Israel along with Muslims.

    • mlcblog

      they had their hopes up

  • Moishe Pupick

    M., 09/12/11 common era

    So why weren't Code Pink, Jews for Justice in Israel/Palestine, and Jewish Voices for Peace present in Cairo last week!? Could it be that they have the common survival sense to realize that they would be quickly slaughtered by Israel's purported "peace partner?"

    • aspacia

      Moishe, Code Pinkers are idiots who would be victimized in the Middle-East simply for being women, and they would probably be murdered if U.S. citizens.

  • jacob

    Since everybody nowadays claims protection under 'iNTERNATIONAL LAW", may
    I ask what does international law say about extraterritorial regime on embassies
    and consulates ???

    Even CASTRO dared not enter foreign embasies to arrest dissenters and Arabs
    are allowed to enter the Israeli embassy and destroy it but the authorities showed
    only up after 2 hours ??

    And why did the Israeli guards fired into the air instead of the rioters inside the embassy ???

    And these are the people who fought a won the Six Days War…???????

    GIVE A BREAK…….! ! ! ! ! !

  • jacob

    I guess there is a "de facto jurisprudence" or precedent going back to the Iranian
    "Revolution" when the "revolutionaries" invaded the American consulate in
    Teheran, the imbecile of JIMMY WHO allowed them to keep our people there
    hostages for months until REAGAN was elected but CARTER didn't have (and
    neither has the current one) the cojones to present them with an 24 hours
    ultimatum to release unharmed the hostages or else put the whole of IRAN
    orbiting with the satelites….

    Rest assured the crap going on today would have been nipped in the bud then
    but then again, world leadership crisis has been going on since and we are
    now harvesting what was planted then and still being planted nowadays….

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Israel needs to arm itself to the teeth ASAP and pray for a conservative American to be elected President that is not blinded by political correctness the same way GWB and his father were. In other words, Islamopanderers like Rick Perry beholden to Muslim supporters won't work for Israel.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Before every war against Israel. some high minded Arab leader with delusions of piety runs arround the Middle East planning the next war. _ _The Arab spring has removed those who avoided outright conflict.__Erdogen will make sure the next conflict with Israel will be bloody. Arab blood shed by Israel is bound to inflame the "street" just as the MB wants.

    Democracy will use its one vote for war that the Egyptian Army will have "no choise" but to comply.

    The fact that NATO seems to have their lips sewn shut is even more frightning.

  • myohmy

    "Obama deserves the gratitude of the isreali people"??? WHAT? Obama causes Mubarak to fall and helps destroy the one government that has prevented things like this from happening and then once the Muslim Brotherhood (Hamas) takes over and this happens somebody is supposted to be grateful to Obama for using his influence to help rescue these 6 Israelis from a place that once was safe but is now a killing ground for Israelis??? This stuff neer happened under Mubarak. So he was a bad guy, a dictator, well that's what it takes to keep radical muslim killers restrained. Pure and simple Islam spawns killers. Ban Islam now, it's an evil cult.

  • Golf and Gulf Properties by Chris Q

    We need to start to look around right here in the US. Huma Abadin Weiner is just one example of the tentacles of the Muslim Brotherhood already growing around our necks. She is Hillary Clinton's right hand and is married to Ex Congressman Anthony Weiner, a Jew. The ceremony was by Bill Clinton to tie this devout Muslim and Jew together. This would normally be a death sentence offense, but Muslims are encouraged to lie, cheat and steal from the Infidels. She is placed there for a reason. See this link: <a href="http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011061813845/us/islam-in-america/why-is-weiners-muslim-brotherhood-wife-not-resigning.html?utm_source=Right+Side+News&utm_campaign=236af3b6fd-daily-rss-newsletter&utm_medium=email&quot; target="_blank"&gt <a href="http://;http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011061813845/us/isl…” target=”_blank”>;http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011061813845/us/isl

    Look at all the others in place in the Obama administration. Even in Homeland Security. Check out this link: <a href="http://www.debbieschlussel.com/33798/wow-top-homeland-security-intelligence-official-helped-muslim-run-palestinian-money-laundering-ring-w-dhs-s-ice-limits-probe-of-agency-wide-false-receipts-ring/&quot; target="_blank"&gt <a href="http://;http://www.debbieschlussel.com/33798/wow-top-home…” target=”_blank”>;http://www.debbieschlussel.com/33798/wow-top-home

    PLEASE go to this link for the solution by Congressman Alan West: http://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/takeaction.asp

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    islam strives for world domination.

    The quran commands muslims to exercise jihad.

    The quern commands muslims to establish shariah law.

    The quern commands muslims to impose islam on the entire world.

    islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    islam IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is arabic for battle.

    islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    islam and freedom, islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

  • pyeatte

    If a radicalized Egypt declares war on Israel and attacks, Israel will undoubtedly re-conquer the Sinai desert all the way to the Suez Canal – this time for keeps. If the palestinians in Gaza join in, they will also also be defeated and should forcibly be relocated to Egypt across the Suez Canal, and reduce Gaza to farmland.

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