When Your Only Friend is Israel . . .
Vol: 112 Issue: 31 Monday, January 31, 2011
In an intervie
w with the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Syria’s Bashar al Assad said he wasn’t all that worried about the popular uprisings across the Middle East affecting his regime.
Assad says that the main reason he isn’t worried is because unlike those leaders now under fire, especially in Egypt, his government has never pursued close relations with Israel. According to Assad, that is at the center of the unrest.
“Syria is stable. Why? Because you have to be very closely linked to the beliefs of the people. This is the core issue. When there is divergence…you will have this vacuum that creates disturbances.”
For its part, Israel has taken the unusual and unexpected step of calling on the United States and Europe to curb their criticism of Mubarak’s government.
Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West’s interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime. The diplomatic measures came after statements in Western capitals implying that the United States and European Union supported Mubarak’s ouster.
On Saturday night, Ha”aretz reported, the Foreign Ministry issued a directive to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries.
The ambassadors were told to stress to their host countries the importance of Egypt’s stability. In a special cable, they were told to get this word out as soon as possible.
“The Americans and the Europeans are being pulled along by public opinion and aren’t considering their genuine interests,” one senior Israeli official said. “Even if they are critical of Mubarak they have to make their friends feel that they’re not alone. Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mubarak, and this will have very serious implications.”
Netanyahu announced at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting that the security cabinet will convene Monday to discuss the situation in Egypt.
“The peace between Israel and Egypt has lasted for more than three decades and our objective is to ensure that these relations will continue to exist,” Netanyahu told his ministers. “We are closely monitoring events in Egypt and the region and are making efforts to preserve its security and stability.”
So Bashar Assad’s only real enemy, Israel, turns out to be Mubarak’s only real friend. And if your only friend is Israel . . .
King Abdullah of Jordan had better listen up.
Nobody knows what will happen next although there are no shortage of folks willing to guess. Including me.
It is certainly an opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood. The organization, founded by Egyptian schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928, is the oldest Islamic political group and the world’s most influential.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s stated mission is twofold; 1) to implement Sharia Law worldwide and; 2) re-establish the Islamic caliphate.
The Muslim Brotherhood claims that it opposes violence as a means to achieving its goals, a claim that is repeated by the news media, almost as if it was part of the organization’s title:
“The Muslim Brotherhood, dedicated to achieving Islamic goals through peaceful means. . .” — Are you kidding?
The Principle of the Big Lie says that if the lie is bold enough and big enough and repeated enough times, it will soon become the accepted truth despite the totality of evidence to the contrary.
The Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda have the same objectives. They differ only in methodology and timing.
Osama bin-Laden claimed he was influenced by the Brotherhood and Ayman al Zawahiri was a lifelong member.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s theology is based on the doctrine of salafiyya: the belief that present-day Muslims have been corrupted and must return to the pristine form of Islam practiced in Mohammed’s time.
The Brotherhood’s creed is: “God is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”
See? The Big Lie. Just ignore the ‘jihad’ and ‘death for the sake of Allah’ part. The Muslim Brotherhood isn’t the enemy. It is dedicated to non-violence — except when absolutely necessary.
In 1948, Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmud al Nuqrashi outlawed the Brotherhood. That made killing him absolutely necessary. When Egyptian President Anwar Sadat made peace with Israel, that making killing him absolutely necessary.
But mostly, the Muslim Brotherhood trains and finances terrorist groups while publicly denouncing them. You see? They are only as violent as they have to be — otherwise, they are really nice guys.
The latest reports from Egypt have the Muslim Brotherhood partnering up with Mohammed el Baradei, former head of the IAEA that the Director of US-Jewish foreign policy umbrella groups called “a stooge of Iran.”
Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran’s true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog.
“He is a stooge of Iran, and I don’t use the term lightly,” Hoenlein said in an online recorded interview with Yeshiva World News on the Egyptian crisis. “He fronted for them, he distorted the reports.”
But as of this moment, Mohammed el Baradei, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, is the most probable next leader of Egypt.
The Bible forecasts a coming war between Israel and the descendents of Esau. My friend Bill Salhus has identified each player by their modern incarnations.
“Psalm 83 predicts the Arab kingdom will someday rise against the Jewish kingdom to banish the name of Israel forever. Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia along with eight other Arab populations join the Arab kingdom in this pending prophetic war. . . “
Thanks to the peace treaty with Israel, Egypt was on the wrong side of the political fence. But all that may be changing – and fast.
Salhus summarized the overall Middle Eastern meltdown brilliantly at his website, saying:
“January 2011 has seen the governments of Lebanon, Tunisia, and Egypt become severely challenged. The government of Jordan is expected to be next. Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan are involved in Psalm 83 and Tunisia appears to take part in the Ezekiel 38 & 39 prophecy. It appears high time Christians familiarize themselves with the prophecies of Isaiah 19, Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49, Psalm 83, and Ezekiel 38 & 39. These are a few of the world changing prophecies stage setting on the prophetic horizon.”
If Salhus is right –and I tend to believe that he is – the next Arab kingdom to fall will be the House of Saud.
This is only January.