I wrote in a recent blog post that Egypt has been getting more and more involved in the middle east conflicts lately, and it keeps intensifying. Egypt has recently been moving troops along the Sinai border with Israel, which upset Israel, claiming it violated a peace treaty.
On top of that Egyptian government officials have recently traveled to Tehran in order to attend the NAM summit. Although Morsi did voice his disagreements with Iran concerning the Syrian conflict, he also used the summit to declare that Western pressure on the NAM members to refrain from attending was a failure.
Now we see Israel being called out by Egypt for trying to interfere with their purchase of submarines from Germany.
I’m not sure what all of this means. Is Egyptian President Morsi standing up to Israel and the West, becoming more of an independent entity; another existential threat to Israel? Is Egypt being groomed for another USS Liberty?
The Syrian conflict has been designed to create more instability in the middle east. Turkey has been poking its head out every so often and getting involved in the Syrian debacle as it escalates. Jordan too has been getting involved, as well as Lebanon.
I can understand why these players are involved, up to a point. They are after all Syria’s neighbors. I didn’t understand why Egypt was getting involved and didn’t think too much about it considering their own struggles at the moment. It seems that the recent issue regarding the Sinai and Israel was perhaps a precursor to their political maneuvering regarding the Syria/Iran disputes in which they are becoming more involved.
Recently Egypt has upset Israel by moving troops to the Sinai border in violation of the Camp David accord was not an isolated incident. Now we see Egypt taking a much more hardened approach to the Iraeli/Palestinian conflict as well. Yesterday it was reported that Egypt, aligning itself with China has “reaffirmed their support for an independent State of Palestine” while also opening diplomatic channels with Iran’s government by attending the NAM summit in Tehran. This marks the first visit by Egyptian government to Iran in decades.
Their involvement lately signals to the West that they are willing to talk with other world powers in order to broker trade agreements and strategic alliances. Egypt knows what is about to happen and is choosing sides (just like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey).
The conflicts in the middle east at the moment are designed to cause instability and confusion not only in Syria, but throughout the middle east in order to keep these countries from becoming unified and resistant to Western Imperialism. We can only hope that this drive to invade Iran/Syria can be avoided by a unified effort across the globe.
Egypt military vows to hunt down Sinai attackers | INDONESIA KATAKAMI.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s military vowed on Monday to hunt down those behind the killing of its 16 soldiers at a checkpoint along the Sinai border with Israel. It called the attackers “enemies of the nation” and suggested they were Egyptian Sinai-based militants who received Palestinian support from the Gaza Strip.
This doesn’t make any sense to me. Why would Palestinian backed militants do anything that would cause the Egyptian government to close the border, which they just opened a week or so ago?
The violence — which saw the attackers try to break through the border after killing the soldiers — could increase tensions withIsrael, which has stepped up pressure on Egypt to clamp down on the lawless border region.
Oh, I see now. The opening of the borders between the two has increased tensions with Israel and just magically and all of a sudden we have “Palestinian backed” militants reinforcing Israel’s position? That sounds right to me…