Islamists Seeking to Isolate Israel

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In fact, the military government may be trying to give the masses a scapegoat to take their minds off the slow pace of political reform. And even though the military finally acted to restore order, the ambassador and most embassy staff members were whisked to the airport and flown home in an Israeli military aircraft. Clashes with police and the army continued throughout the weekend, and the government has now said it will revive the hated Mubarak-era emergency decree in order to tamp down the unrest.

But the political maneuvering of the military government is the least of Israel’s worries when it comes to Egypt. The embassy attack has made it clear that no Israeli diplomat is safe in Egypt, and that the government’s control of the country is slipping. With the Muslim Brotherhood poised to take de facto control following elections later this year, Israel must also deal with a deteriorating security situation in the Sinai, as well as the probability that, for all intents and purposes, the peace treaty with Egypt is inoperative.

Recognizing the threat, Israel has begun to reassess its security posture along the border with Egypt. They are building a fence to deal with smuggling and infiltration, but Haaretz is reporting that Netanyahu is concerned that the Egyptian side of the Sinai is so lawless that it might “turn into a larger version of the Gaza Strip, full of weapons and launching pads aimed at Israeli territory.” If the Muslim Brotherhood takes control, one could almost be assured that such would be the case.

The current military government may find that it is to its advantage to scapegoat the Israelis, and perhaps, as some Tahrir square activists claim, even tolerate some riots and unrest to convince people that only the army can maintain order. But the bottom line is that if it cedes control of the country to the Islamists, the peace treaty with Israel will be honored in the breach. Given the temper of the Egyptian street, it is perilously unlikely that any popularly elected government will be able to maintain friendly relations with Israel and honor their commitments spelled out in the treaty.

Coupled with the break with Ankara, this has Israel scrambling for allies. The Israelis have approached Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, seeking partnership, and has also been in talks with Greece and some of the Balkan states trying to offset the loss of Turkey’s friendship. It is unclear how much help the Wahabbists in Saudi Arabia can be to the Jewish state, and Greece is a weak substitute for Turkey. But at the moment, it’s all Israel has on the table, and they have to play the hand that has been dealt them.

Perhaps the greatest challenge facing Israel is the likelihood that the instability in Syria, Libya, Egypt and other “Arab Spring” countries, means that tensions in the region have been ratcheted up and that it wouldn’t take much to spark a conflict that might engulf the entire Middle East. Another terrorist attack from Sinai, or a confrontation on the high seas with a Turkish warship, or an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, might light the fuse that could explode into a general war.

The problem is that Israel simply cannot afford to remain passive in the face of border infiltrations, threats from Egypt’s Islamists, and a dangerously emboldened Hamas, who would see provoking a war with Israel following its recognition as a nation as a means to forcing the international community to intervene on its side — perhaps even militarily. Surrounded by unfriendly states (even Jordan has been cooling relations recently), only the United States remains as a friend. And not only is that friendship questionable considering that the Obama administration has done all it can to bully the Israelis into making peace with Hamas, 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 by our expected veto of the Palestinian resolution in the Security Council later this month.

Israel has faced threats to its existence before. It was born of war, surrounded, outnumbered 10 to 1, but survived and flourished through the sheer willpower of a people who refuse to be defeated. But nearly 35 years of patient, painstaking diplomacy has unraveled in a matter of months thanks to Israel’s Islamist enemies who continue to make strides toward dominating the region. The uncertainty now facing the Jewish state will have the Israelis – and the world – on edge for the foreseeable future.

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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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