Islamists Seeking to Isolate Israel

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As the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood approaches, Israel has been forced to face security and diplomatic crises that challenge the peace and stability of the entire Middle East, as well as undermine the carefully wrought network of alliances that has kept the Jewish state from becoming diplomatically isolated for decades.

From souring relations with its once strong ally Turkey, to new dangers emerging in Egypt, to the growing threat from Iran, and the tide of Islamization sweeping across the Arab world, Israel is increasingly finding itself nearly alone, and threatened with instability along its borders, and the entire region.

It is surprising how quickly Israel’s relations with Turkey have gone south. They had been slowly deteriorating since Prime Minister Erdogan’s Islamist party took over the government in 2003. But the Mavi Marmara incident last year, where Turkish radicals tried to run the Gaza blockade by sea and 9 activists were killed, has accelerated the decline dramatically. A UN report released last week blamed Israel for actions that were “excessive and unreasonable,” while also blaming Turkey and organizers of the blockade runners for the deaths. The report also called the blockade “legitimate,” while criticizing Ankara for not warning activists of the consequences of trying to run the blockade.

On the heels of the report’s release, Prime Minister Erdogan demanded that Israel apologize. Prime Minister Netanyahu, while offering his regrets at the loss of life, refused, saying that Israel would never apologize for defending itself.

This was not good enough for Erdogan, who expelled the Israeli ambassador and cut military ties with the Jewish state. And in an interview with Al Jazeera television, Erdogan stated that the Gaza flotilla raid was “a cause for war” and that future Gaza-bound aid ships would be accompanied by Turkish war ships. He has since walked back from that last statement, saying that Turkey would not deploy its ships as long as Israel did not intercept the aid vessels in international waters. But the threat is there, and a clash between the Israeli and Turkish navies is a possibility if Erdogan carries through on his threat.

Erdogan’s government has now completely turned away from the West and is facing toward Iran and the Middle East. Some observers believe Erdogan wishes to supplant President Ahmadinejad of Iran as the number one champion of the Palestinians in the region. To that end, Erdogan has embarked on a tour of Arab nations, including Egypt, where he arrived to cheering throngs who chanted “Egypt-Turkey: one fist” and “brave Erdogan welcome to your second home.” His goal is to isolate Israel even further by developing a strategic partnership with Egypt, Tunisia, and other Arab countries. Given his anti-Israeli stance, he has become very popular on the Arab street and especially in Egypt, where the Israeli embassy was overrun by a mob of protesters over the weekend, forcing a harrowing evacuation of embassy personnel, including the ambassador.

The attack on the embassy was the second in less than a month. The first incident occurred following a terrorist attack in Israel that killed seven civilians and two soldiers. The attackers infiltrated into Israel from the Egyptian side of the Sinai border crossing, and in hot pursuit of the terrorists – who were reportedly dressed in Egyptian police uniforms – three members of Egyptian security were accidentally killed by the IDF. The incident resulted in a crowd of several thousand besieging the Israeli embassy, with one man ascending to the roof of the building and tearing down the Israeli flag and replacing it with the Egyptian standard, while police and military members stood by and watched.

The second incident occurred on Friday, when thousands of Egyptians broke through the wall surrounding the embassy, trapping the ambassador and other personnel inside the building while the mob vandalized several rooms. Repeated calls to the Egyptian head of state, Field Marshal Tantawi, by US defense secretary Leon Panetta went for naught when the authorities claimed the field marshal couldn’t be found. Panetta wanted to urge the Egyptians to launch an immediate rescue operation, but Tantawi’s mysterious disappearance intensified speculation that Egypt’s generals had deliberately failed to protect the embassy for political gain.

Eventually, Egyptian commandos rescued the Israelis, but only after Panetta warned the Egyptian government of “serious consequences” if any Israelis were killed.

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  • Larry

    Message to Israel. You know it is coming, so strike first, strike hard, and this time don't give the Sinai back. The Egyptians have less of an historical claim to it than Israel does.

    Then cleanse your soil of the festering boil that is Gaza – Egypt deliberately created the problem between 1948 and 1967, let them bear the consequences of fostering a terrorist community.

    Next, clear Judea and Samaria, give that lot to the Syrians, and finish the job by clearing the top of Temple Mount and rebuilding the Temple.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Excellen thinking Larry, good start on gaining all of the land promised to Abraham.
      William

    • Carl

      YES!!!! Stop pandering to political correctness and cut the heads off of the snakes if they try to crawl into the tent.

  • Errol Smythe

    The gathering of storm clouds ? Why do the wicked plot secretly evil in their tents ? Their plans will not prosper. What they say in secret will be shouted on the rooftops. Their folly will be manifested. Their wicked plans will come to nothing.THE LORD GOD IS THE DEFENDER OF ISRAEL. No weapon formed against Israel shall prosper.

    • Vanessa

      Amen!!

  • StephenD

    "…but the influence of the United States itself is at low ebb in the region. And what little pull we have with Arab countries is bound to be undermined…."What we do have will influence everyone that is at least within earshot. We can tell the world in no uncertain terms that the very next hostile act against Israel is against us and we will respond accordingly. Then if there is such a hostile act we should respond accordingly. In a decisive and devastating manner. I promise all these countries in the region will take notice and take the USA serious again. Turning their land into glass for a couple of thousand years tends to make folks pay attention. I’d bet we’d only be forced once to act. Probably save countless lives in the long term…if history is any lesson.

    • johnnywoods

      Hey Stephen, While I agree with your suggestions I don`t think you should hold your breath waiting for it to happen with the Imam-in Chief at the helm of this government.

  • UCSPanther

    This is history repeating itself. Britain was defamed, its reputation trashed in the years leading up to WWII, and it was isolated until all hell broke loose.

    Now, Israel is in the same position as both Britain and Czechoslovakia. We must all be ready for the onslaught. Not just the Israelis.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Tu., 09/13/11 common era

    Israel stands increasingly alone, at least on the mortal, political level. However, G-d neither slumbers nor sleeps. Rosh Hoshanah 5,772 will begin at sundown on Wednesday, September 28th. Psalm 83 is unfolding. . . .

  • Sallie G. Schaffer

    Why doesn't the U.S. Tell Egypt that if they don't behave about Israel, that they will stop sending them any more money. Money talks big time.

  • Zvi

    The Israelis need to remind the world that this conflict is all about RELIGION, not about territory, independence or Palestinian statehood. As long as Israel's enemies are able to sell the conflict as a Palestinian liberation movement, Israel loses. The true bigoted nature of the jew hatred that motivates Israel's enemies must be spotlighted continually.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    You can't isolate a pariah state. It cuts itself off by its own actions.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Islamist states do not care if Israel trashes them in another war, they will still
    have their jobs and the slaves they rule over but in fewer numbers and fewer
    mouths to feed. It is their way of getting rid of excess populations and show how
    brave they are, at the expense of another generation and Israel. Hopefully the
    coming war will be the final one and Islamists will go out into the deserts and
    live with their brothers the scorpions and snakes……………………….William

  • 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

    • Errol Smythe

      The Bible is 100 percent accurate and Prophetic Scriptures Foretell exactly what will happen in the last days. "…Modern Events are made clear by Prophecy..".

  • sean doyle

    The biblical fairy stories will not stand against the truth .

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