Who instigated the attack in Egypt?

By- Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

The “Arab Sprint” of Jasmine Revolution is definitely not making any positive changes anywhere in the Arab world. It is believed by many that, US President Barack Hussain Obama, who sent secret message through his special envoy to the mega-terrorist group – Hamas, is gradually implementing his secret agenda of setting Jihadist and Islamist governments in the Arab world, by removing the secularists.

The attack on Israel embassy in Cairo is alarming enough for the entire humanity and peace-loving masses in the world. Egypt declared state of alert after Israeli embassy at the bank of Nile came under sudden attack of unruly mobs. A senior Israeli official, on condition of anonymity, termed the attack on his country’s embassy in Cairo as a “blow to peaceful relations” between the two Mideast neighbors, adding to already growing tensions between the two nations six months after the ouster of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Israel’s closest Arab ally. The attackers broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, tearing down a cement barrier around the high-rise building and trapping six staff members inside. The protesters dumped Hebrew language documents out of the embassy’s windows. Israel’s ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon, his family and other embassy staff were rushed to Cairo airport and left on a military plane for Israel. Anger increased last month after Israeli forces responding to a cross-border Palestinian militant attack mistakenly killed five Egyptian police officers near the border. The militants, apparently from Gaza, had trekked across Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and sneaked into Israel, killing eight Israelis.

At the time, Egypt nearly withdrew its ambassador from Israel, and Cairo protesters demanded the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador. Calls have also grown in Egypt for ending the historic 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Several large protests have taken place outside the Israeli embassy in recent months but without serious incidents. The attack on Friday came as Egyptians held their first significant demonstrations in a month against the country’s military rulers, with thousands gathering in Cairo and other cities. Alongside those gatherings, a crowd massed outside the Israeli Embassy building.

Tensions quickly escalated, with the crowd pummeling the graffiti-covered security wall with sledgehammers and tearing away large sections of the cement and metal barrier, which was recently put up by Egyptian authorities to better protect the site from protests.

For the second time in less than a month, protesters were able to get to the top of the building and pull down the Israeli flag, which they replaced it with the Egyptian flag.

Mustafa Sayid said he was among the group of protesters who broke into the embassy. He showed a reporter cell phone video footage he said he recorded inside of young men ransacking the room.

The group got into the building through a third-floor window and climbed the stairs to the embassy. They worked for hours to break through three doors to enter the embassy, said the 28-year-old man. They encountered three Israelis and beat one of them. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, Israel will continue to adhere to its peace treaty with Egypt in wake of the storming of Israel’s embassy in Cairo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday, adding that continued Mideast turmoil proves that Israel is right to insist on security assurances in any future peace deal.

Netanyahu also referred to what he saw as a link between events such as the attack on the Israeli embassy and the stalled Middle East peace process.

“The Middle East is undergoing an earthquake of historical proportions, one that has not been experienced since the turmoil Europe experienced after WWI,” Netanyahu said, adding that it was up to Israel to “defend its interests in the region.” One of these interests, the premier said, was Israel’s continued “struggle for peace with the Palestinians,” adding that direct talks were the only way to achieve peace. Netanyahu also said that continued Mideast turmoil proved the importance of security assurances in future peace deals.

“I believe there are many in Israel and in the world that understand our justified insistence on maintaining Israel’s security needs in any future deal,” Netanyahu said. The PM also made reference to the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Turkey, saying that Israel would try to “prevent Turkey ties from deteriorating further.”

“We did not choose this route,” Netanyahu said, adding that Jerusalem would “work to lower the flames and perhaps even return relations to normalcy.”

An Israeli source indicated that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak attempted repeatedly to reach Supreme Military Council head Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, to no avail.

According to sources, “the Egyptians said every time that they were not able to track him down in order to connect the call.” After failing to locate Tantawi himself, Netanyahu called head of Egyptian intelligence, Gen. Murad Muwafi. Barak, in turn, called U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, asking him to discuss the issue with Tantawi, which Panetta was able to do shortly after.

Earlier Saturday, Egypt’s Information Minister Osama Heikal assured that Egypt was committed to all of the international treaties to which it is a signatory, adding Cairo’s commitment to securing the safety of all diplomats assigned to the country.

“Everything that happened is a gross violation of the law, and one cannot call the perpetrators of the act brave or patriotic,” Heikal said, adding that “what happened severely injured Egypt’s pride as well as its international standing, and that is not something we can accept.”

In addition, the Egyptian minister announced that Cairo would reinstate emergency laws that were cancelled as a result of anti-Mubarak protests in February [2011], as well of undertaking a series of steps which he said were meant to deter further rioting and disturbances of the peace.

We appreciate the instant actions by Egyptian authorities in bringing the situation under control. At the same time, we demand stern action against those perpetrators. This is not a small issue and of course, in addition to punishing the culprits, Egyptian authorities also need to identify the instigators behind such notoriety.

The “Arab Sprint”, which has been backed and supported by the Obama administration, is gradually strengthening Islamists and Jihadists in one after another Arab nations. While a number of nations have been applauding the fall of dictatorial regimes in the Arab countries, now possibly time has come to re-assess the entire issue and think, if it was wise enough to pave ways for Islamists and Jihadists in either capturing power or gaining strength in any of the nations.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of “Weekly Blitz“. He can be reached at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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