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Egypt's Brotherhood blames Israel for Sinai border attack

Muslim Brotherhood say Sunday's attack near Egypt's border with Gaza was Israeli operation aimed at 'derailing revolution, sowing chaos on border'

Ahram Online, Tuesday 7 Aug 2012
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"Forces both within and outside Egypt have been exerting efforts to abort [Egypt's] people's revolution because of the threat it poses to certain entrenched interests," Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared in a Monday statement.

The group went on to blame Sunday's deadly attack near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, in which 16 Egyptian border guards were killed, on Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.

The Brotherhood stressed that attempts to thwart Egypt's revolution and subsequent democratic transition had "escalated after the people successfully elected a new president and a new government was successfully drawn up."

The Brotherhood went on to assert that "several groups" had been plotting to hinder Egypt's progress by "instigating problems and inciting unrest with the aim of halting President Mohamed Morsi's project for national revival."

The statement added that the "Zionist media" had been quick to blame groups based in Gaza for the "terrorist attack that killed dozens of our brothers, Egyptian soldiers, in a criminal act by commandeering vehicles in an attempt to cross to the Zionist border."

The Brotherhood went on to allege that Sunday's act aimed at creating "serious problems" for Egypt on its sovereign borders, on top of the many domestic problems the country is already facing. Such counter-revolutionary activities, the group added, aim to portray Egypt's new government as a failure, derail Morsi's project for national revival, and incite conflict between Egypt's new political managers and the people and between the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and the people of Gaza.

"This crime can be attributed to the Mossad, which has sought to abort Egypt's revolution since it first began," the statement added, pointing out that Tel Aviv had warned its citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula only days before Sunday's attack.

The statement also referred to the Camp David peace agreement with Israel, which prohibits Egypt from making military deployments in central and eastern Sinai, and stressed the need for modifying the agreement's terms.

The Brotherhood also condemned Egypt's "failure to take any pre-emptive measures – in light of the Israeli warning – in the days leading up to the attack."

The statement concluded by calling on the Egyptian people to oppose any incitement to internal strife or violence and stand beside Egypt's president and government. The group also expressed its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's attack.

Israel, for its part, dismissed the Brotherhood's assertions that the Mossad had played a role in the incident.

"Even the one who makes this accusation…does not believe the nonsense he is uttering," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Egypt's Brotherhood, however, were not alone in suggesting Israeli complicity in the attack.

Hassan Nasrallah, head of Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah, and Ismail Heniya, head of Gaza-based Palestinian resistance faction Hamas, both made similar allegations.

"Israel is responsible, one way or another, for this attack, which aimed at embarrassing Egypt's leadership and creating new problems at the border in order to derail ongoing efforts to end [Israel's] longstanding siege of the Gaza Strip," Heniya declared.

Nasrallah, for his part, said that, while details of the attack "remain unclear," Israel nevertheless represented the incident's "primary beneficiary."

Earlier on Monday, the Egyptian armed forces issued a statement on state television accusing the culprits – whose identities remain unknown until present – of reaching the border area via tunnels from Gaza.

Israeli news agencies, meanwhile, attributed the attack to militants belonging to an "unknown global jihadist group."

Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007, strenuously denied responsibility for the incident, stressing that its security forces had since been deployed to monitor the Egypt-Gaza border.

In the immediate wake of the attack, Egyptian authorities closed the border with the Gaza Strip to all traffic.

Given Israel's five-year embargo of the besieged coastal enclave, the network of tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border is used to bring desperately needed commodities – including food, fuel and building materials – into the strip and its roughly 1.7 million inhabitants.

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hamash tinbakir
08-08-2012 08:29am
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brotherhood logic is unbeatable. worth reconsideration
"the statement added, pointing out that Tel Aviv had warned its citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula only days before Sunday's attack." The logic is indefeasible. Because Israeli tourists were warned in advance, that means the warning party is the cause of the attack. Now, I'd hate to think what this would mean in the case that an Egyptian government agency was to issue such an advance warning. When all will be said an done, and the Gazan cell identified fully in a few days, I will be following closely to learn the brotherhood's explanation of how the mossad managed to operate gazan salafists and 'army of islam'. And shouldn't the logic carry over to the attacks we are seeing today where Egyptian choppers are being fired on with anti-air missiles near el arish? In short, this is the voice of the majority party in Egyptian politics, and we'll all have to learn to live with it.
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Yousef Ghadhban
08-08-2012 03:10am
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The Mossad is likely to be responsible
Blaming the Mossad is very logical. Hamas has no interest to support criminal terrorists murder Egyptians. The pro-Mubarak media hecklers here don't know ehat they are saying. Their hatred of the Islamists blinds their minds.
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sawsan mostafa ali
08-08-2012 12:27am
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I HATE EKWAN BUT
Israel and America( Mossad&CIA) are who planned this crime using terrorists group of Sinai- This is for sure and out of question. Aims are: 1- To destroy the relationship between the Egyptians and SCAF as they want the people to ask them to leave power completely(Remember what Clinton said in her last visit: SCAF should leave the power completely) 2- To internationally ensure that Sinai is not safe and needs Int. observers ( Remember what are said now in the american newspaper that America is ready to help Egypt controlling Sinai) - also the EU is delivering similar statements. ( We Egyptians have one thing only to do now : To gather around our Army - to be unified - stop separation from each other - stop quarreling - stop debates - stop strikes - stop crying- stop speaking- it is time to work).
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In sinai
07-08-2012 10:28pm
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Mossad sends sharks again?
I live in sinai and talking to all my collegues today, many of them voted for the brothers, i am happy to hear that they know the propaganda issued on the brotherhood website today was just a diversion from the fact that many of the attackers came from gaza. Egyptians today attacked brotherhood politicians in cairo due to its close ties with hamas. Egypt close the boarder with gaza, israel open their again. This nonsense accussation that mossad did this is laughed off and joked about in sinai, because we all know its not true. Its simillar to the accussations that mossad was responsible for the sharkattacks in sharm el sheik last year. Its just nonsense and not worthy the brotherhood now in charge of the country. Its time for enlightement in this great country. In'shallah.
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Ramy the Egyptian
07-08-2012 10:01pm
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Disgusting Liars
I blame the Brotherhood for everything negative that happens in the country. It's part of their evil plan.
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Neter
07-08-2012 06:48pm
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All are victims
Every intelligent person knows that Israel has done itself no favours by creating a large prison out of Gaza and subjecting Palestinians to humiliating circumstances. Hamas and other such organisation's are a direct creation of Israel's unjust stance towards the Palestinians whom were once one of the most educated of the Arab populations, something that statelessness and utter degradation has changed. However Islamists in general are a group of very narrow minded and intolerant people that threaten to throw the entire Islamic world into a period of great darkness and have indeed already done so in Iraq, Syria, Saudi, Iran and what now appears to be Egypt. When the Salafi refuse to salute the Egyptian flag and the Islamists have the Saudi flag on par with the Egyptian flag at meetings and Egyptian MP's that state they are willing to die for Saudi Arabia but not for Egypt, then it is quite obvious that their first allegiance is to the creation of an Islamic Caliphate not Egyptian soverei
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Modern_Humaniora
07-08-2012 06:42pm
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Not the last attempt
This assault was probably not the last attempt to undermine the revolution and current government in Egypt. The assault was certainly a gift to the current mad-neo-liberal-Netanyahu government in Israel, which many Israeli really hate, and domestic individuals in Egypt of whom a number are prepared to use violence in order destabilise Egypt. This is a mind which hates democracy and only prepared to accept democracy as long as it win...
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Samantha Criscione
07-08-2012 01:07pm
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Yeah, and Israel is behind the Dahshur attacks, and electricity failures, and....
Israel has been issuing warnings about Gaza and Sinai terrorism for months. A few hours before the attack Sunday Israeli troops fought and killed a terrorist infiltrator. the Brotherhood is ludicrously blaming Israel in order to protect Hamas, and its own policy of tolerating (i.e. encouraging) Islamist violence. It is impossible to suppress Sinai terrorism without suppressing Hamas, which is intimately linked with the terrorists. Hamas uses terror to try and intimidate Israelis and provoke Israel-Egypt fighting, so that it can use the Egyptian army as its tool. These soldiers were killed in a terrorist anti-Israel operation that got out of hand. And the fingerprints of Hamas are all over it, as Hamas knows, hence Hamas was loudly crying that it had nothing to do with these murders even before anyone said it did. "Methinks he doth protest too much his innocence." Shakespeare, more or less accurately quoted. Samantha Criscione
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Mona
09-08-2012 02:45am
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Hamas
Israel created Hamas as a rival to secular Arafat in 1983, after the expulsion of Arafat and his men to tunisia, Sharon let his Fascits allies the Phalangists enter Sabra & Shatilla camps, only women,children and eldery wereleft. Hezbollah was born in 1982 during that same War in 1982. Babys where thrown to the wals in an orgie of killing. Israeli soldiers guarding the camps said they heard Nothing!! The carnage lasted during 3 days.
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Samantha Criscione
07-08-2012 12:51pm
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With this statement, Ikhwan spits on the murdered soldiers
So, the Brotherhood (Ikhwan) and Hamas issue identical statements. No suprise: they are fingers on one hand. Let us cut to the chase. In whose interests should Egypt act? If Egypt acts in the interest of the REAL Egypt, which is the ordinary people, than it must pursue the prosperity of the people. Israel is an unmatched technological powerhouse, desperate to have better relations with Egypt. Working together, Egypt and Israel can create an economic powerhouse unsurpassed anywhere. But Ikhwan hates this. They want their own power, which requires increasing fanaticism: persecution of Christians and general intolerance inside Egypt, war with Israel outside. With their statement blaming Israel, Ikhwan spits on the murdered soldiers, and on the future of Egypt. Samantha Criscione
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gideon
07-08-2012 11:01am
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tell me guys
my fellow human beings.are you out of your mind?your moslem brethren acted out this crime and you blame us?dont you understand that those jihad people are our common enemy? mohammed morsy is not extreme enough for them.how much brainwashed can you get.i as an israeli love the egyptian people.show some love and realize:we have to be allies confronting a common enemy.my heart is aching.
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