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I beg to differ with Egyptian liberals
Given that Gaza is Egypt's first line of defence against Israeli aggression, it should be a priority for President Morsi
Khalid Amayreh , Wednesday 19 Dec 2012
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During a recent episode of Al-Ittijah Al-Muaakes (The Opposite Direction) on Al Jazeera, an Egyptian liberal lambasted President Mohamed Morsi "for paying ample attention to his comrades in Gaza at the expense of the Egyptian people."

The guest, who seemed quite exasperated and convulsive, argued that Morsi should have devoted more of his time to tackling the numerous problems facing the Egyptian people.

The self-described liberal's tirade against the president came in the context of the acrimonious political confrontation following Morsi's constitutional declaration on 22 November, which drew stringent and widespread reactions from across the Egyptian political arena.

I don't wish to take sides in the ongoing political crisis. Egyptians of all confessional and political orientations are my brothers and sisters.

The issue here is much more than sentimental. Egypt as a nation sacrificed so much for Palestine and the Egyptian masses proved repeatedly that their national dignity and noble principles were never for sale to the highest bidder.

Nonetheless, my love and infatuation with Egypt and its heroic people don't spell passivity in any way. Hence this article.

Israel is Egypt's existential enemy

Whether we like it or not, Israel has been, is and will always be Egypt's existential enemy. There is a preponderance of evidence corroborating this fact. True, the principled Israeli enmity toward Egypt is strongly connected with Egypt's historical opposition to Zionism and the creation of Israel in Palestine. Egypt fought several wars with Israel and a gulf of blood and fire still separates the Egyptian people from the Zionist entity.

Yes, the two states reached a peace treaty in 1978. However it is crystal clear that the Camp David treaty, which the Egyptian leadership signed more or less under duress, did very little to put an end to undeclared but definitive Israeli designs against Egypt.

For this reason, most Egyptians consistently refused to "normalise" relations with the Jewish state, causing widespread consternation in Zionist circles, which sought to instigate successive American administrations against Egypt, including the Mubarak regime.

Israel wanted to use the Camp David treaty to strip Egypt of its Arab and Muslim character as well as cause irreparable damage to the collective conscience and consciousness of the Egyptian people. However, thanks to the enduring vigour and strong moral fabric of the Egyptian people, the morbid Israeli designs were a gigantic fiasco.

According to Israel Shahak's book, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years, much of Egypt is actually part of Biblical Israel according to some sages of the Talmud. This mythology is taught to Jewish students in hundreds of Talmudic schools (yeshivot) and colleges throughout Israel.

I would have thought that these ideas were no more than mythical hallucinations on the part of some deranged so-called 'sages'. But when I found out that many otherwise level-headed rabbis kept regurgitating these myths, I began to view the matter differently.

In the final analysis, those who urge their people to follow the example of Joshua in dealing with the Palestinians (murderous ethnic cleansing) are capable of embarking on the unthinkable.

Israel's enmity towards Egypt is not only based on ancient religious texts, Israel actually carries on its hands large amounts of innocent Egyptian blood. Are we supposed to forget the war crime of the brutal liquidation of thousands of Egyptian prisoners of war in 1948, '56 and '67? The bombing of the Abu Zaable factory in 1970, which killed more than 80 workers? Or the bombing of the Bahr El-Bakar School in the Sharqiya province, also in 1970, which killed 46 school kids and injured dozens?

This is just to mention a few examples. The truth of the matter is that Israel's murderous record vis-à-vis Egypt is so uncontroversial that every living Egyptian has a relative, a son, or spouse that was murdered by Israel.

Even today, 36 years after the conclusion of the Camp David treaty, Israel continues to threaten Egypt. On several occasions, Israeli officials threatened to bomb the Aswan High Dam and incite non-Arab Nile basin countries to disrupt water inflow to the Nile.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdore Lieberman, who wanted to annihilate the Palestinians and throw handcuffed political prisoners into the Dead Sea, called for ruining Egypt economically, politically and even morally. The Egyptian media reported on several occasions the arrest of Israeli agents with instructions to spread the AIDS virus in Egypt, generate chaos, including sectarian conflicts between Muslims and Copts.

More to the point, it is absolutely logical to assume that Israel's agents are implicated in one way or the other in the current crisis between the Egyptian government and the opposition.

I don't have hard evidence to prove this impression, but the Hebrew press reported numerous times of late that the Israeli intelligence was heavily involved in manipulating events in the largest and most important Arab country.

And with the January 25 Revolution, it is very likely that Israeli designs against Egypt have become more virulent and daring, given the tumultuous transitional period Egypt is undergoing these days.

First line of defence

Palestine, especially the Gaza Strip, is Egypt's first line of defence against Israeli hegemony and aggression. A strong Gaza should therefore be viewed as a strategic asset for Egypt and vice versa.

In real terms, this means that a strong Gaza which can repulse or at least deter Israeli aggression will strengthen Egyptian national security. Israel had sought on several occasions to revive old plans to transfer Palestinian refugees to the Sinai Peninsula. However, it was the Palestinian leadership whether in Gaza or Ramallah that resolutely rejected the insidious designs.

In truth, discordance between Egypt and the Palestinians would be a real calamity for both that would only benefit Israel as well as the common enemies of Egypt and Palestine.

Finally, I have a few words to my liberal Egyptian friends. Egypt is the heart of the Arab and Muslim world. As such, Egypt has a historical, religious, moral and political responsibility to stand against Israel, which is the Arabs' and Muslims' common enemy. It is true that the Arabs would be left like orphans without Egypt, but it is also true that Egypt would be doomed in many ways without its natural Arab and Islamic extension.

It is lamentable that some of you are yet to imbibe this most axiomatic geopolitical fact.


 





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Jacques
20-12-2012 08:06pm
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Israel should have been created in Germany not in Palestine
Democracia: How do you know that 6 million Jews were killed. The Jews lie about things that happen yesterday. Couldn't they lie about an event that took place more than 60 years ago? Besides, Germany, not Muslims are responsible for whatever happened there. They should create a Jewish state in Germany not in Palestine.
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Democracia
21-12-2012 12:41pm
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Witnesses
Dear Jacques. Are 70 million Germans, million and million of French, Dutch, British, Polish, Americans, Greeks, Italians, Spanish, Belges, Scandinavians etc. witnesses enough for you? Do you think this was only a nightmare or what? Did they ALL lie?
Tamer Husni
20-12-2012 10:15pm
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Israel should have been created in Germany not in Palestine
Indeed, if Germans killed that many Jews, which I doubt, they should have solved the the problem at Germany's expense, not at the Palestinian people's expense.
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Ismael Ibyari, Cairo
20-12-2012 06:58pm
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Jewish Zionist venom
Zionist contributors are using Arab names n order to to spread their venom against Arabs and Muslims. We must be vigilant.
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free lady
20-12-2012 12:24pm
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Palestinian Liberation
Palestinian liberation is not responsibility for world. It lies on shoulders of Palestinians themselves to get it by using all the available means. Liberation always come with blood and sufferings and sacrifices. Palestinians need to stop looking on world powers and make their own way. Enough they are getting billion in donations to run their economies and maintain life style better then average Egyptians. Stand up of your own stop looking for help.
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Noura Ayyoub
20-12-2012 06:22pm
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Palestine is an Islamic responsibility first and foremost
so why is it that Jews and evangelical Christians living in Los Angeles 10,000 ,miles away have the right to help Nazi-like Israel while Egyptian Muslims accross the borders from Gaza have no right to assist their co-religionists and brothers in Palestine,who are being massacred and terrorized by Jewish invaders from overseas? Besides, Palestine is an Arab-Muslim issue and its liberation is a paramount Muslim issue.
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Nasser
20-12-2012 09:14am
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Blessed are the peace makers??
“Whether we like it or not, Israel has been, is and will always be Egypt's existential enemy” false statement. You mean to say that you would like for Egypt and Israel to be enemies. We have seen examples throughout history where two countries buried the hatchet and became allies after hard fought wars; England and France, Geremany and France; USA and England, are just a few examples. “However it is crystal clear that the Camp David treaty, which the Egyptian leadership signed more or less under duress.” False statement. If I remember correctly, it was Sadat who traveled to Israel seeking a peace accord. Whether you (or I) agree with or not, it is crystal clear that Egyptian Sinai was returned back, and most importantly, Egyptian blood was spared. “I would have thought that these ideas were no more than mythical hallucinations on the part of some deranged so-called 'sages'. But when I found out that many otherwise level-headed rabbis kept regurgitating these myths, I began to view t
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Khaled M. Khaled
20-12-2012 06:30pm
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No peace can be reached before ending the occupation.
It is unlikely that you are true Arab or Muslim. How can Israel been seen as burying the hatchet when it continues to occupy the Aqsa Mosque, expand settlements and cary out ethnic cleansing against our Palestinian brothers? True nations fight and reach peace. But peace can't be achieved before giving up stolen land and allowing uprooted refugees to go back home? Or do you think the readers of this forum are stupid like in North America where Zionist Jews enslave the minds of many Americans.
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Khalid Stinko
20-12-2012 07:42am
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Khalid Amayreh just wants violence with Israel, instead of peace for all
Khalid Amayreh does not care about Egypt. He does not care about Arab lives. All he cares about is trying to harm Israel and promoting violence against Israel. He is not good for Israel, not good for Egypt, and not good for Arabs.
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Nora
20-12-2012 04:42am
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Hypocrisy
How can Israel wonder why the WORLD hates them? They are stolen land that was given to them after a world war, they stole the palestinians land, they demand reparations for their "holocaust" tragedies yet they are doing worse to the palestinians - they are creating anti-semitism because of their arrogance, their terror and their lack of respect to the international community - Israel has no one to blame for the hatred except themselves. Egyptians liberals, as you can see from the comments posted below, would rather live in 'peace' with Israel known its horrible records on human rights issues. However, they give street shows because those who wrote the constitution have poor view of the holocaust. What a load of hypocrisy.
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Z
20-12-2012 02:53am
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The Reality
Mr. Amayreh is projecting his own goals and feelings onto Israelis - but Israelis simply have different goals and feelings than he does. Nearly all Israelis prefer a peaceful relationship with Egypt. What Israel wants from Egypt is (1) that no attacks on Israelis originate from Egypt and (2) that Egypt treat Israel like a normal country, say, like Morocco or like India (and its citizens like Moroccans or Indians), rather than engaging in feverish anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic incitement. And that's all. Israel does not want Egyptian territory, and unless Egypt attacks Israel, Israel will never be a military or social threat to Egypt. Israeli media are not full of incitement against Egyptians. Israeli people don't hold anti-Egypt rallies. Israel has no committees to boycott Egypt. Israelis don't try to blame Egypt for their domestic problems. Israelis simply don't think that way. But Mr. Amayreh does. As for the paranoid fantasy about Israel wanting Egyptian territory, Israel
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Yaacoub Ibn Ishaq
20-12-2012 06:44pm
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Nazi state par excellance
How can Egypt possibly treat Israel like a moral country when Israel continues to rape al-Masjidul Aqsa and Jerusalem. A Nazi state can never be treated normally and Israel is a Nazi state par exceelence.
Hegazi Hussein
20-12-2012 06:40pm
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Israel is inherently expansionistic
In 19967, five days before the outbrak of the 6-day war, Levy Eshkol told an American TV station that Israel had all the territories it needed and that it wouldn't seek to occupy Arab land. We all know the rest of the story.
Amnon Libestein, Beit Shemish, near Jerusalem
20-12-2012 06:36pm
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A tree is known by its fruit
to Z for Zionist, if Israelis were concerned for peace, they would't have elected Judeo-Nazi figures such Netanyahu, Leiberman, Eli Yeshai. They wouldn't have built hundreds of settlements on occupied territories. They wouldn't have transferred hundreds of thousands of their people to live on land that belongs to another peopl.
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Hanna Murqus,Shubra, Cairo
19-12-2012 08:26pm
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Veno,ous snake
Democracia, you can't have peace of the body or mind when you lie next to a venomous snake. Israel is a venomous snake. It is shameful, even more than shameful, to see some Egyptian liberals drfende Israel. This is indeed beyond Chutzpah.
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Elvis
20-12-2012 08:14pm
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Linguistic sophistry
Democracia the Zionist, you can't play linquistic sophistry in order to escape the Nazi truth of Israel. You people are using the memory of an alleged holocaust in order to inflict a real holocust against a totally innocent people.
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Sharif Elmusa
19-12-2012 06:08pm
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Egypt's Liberals and Palestine/ Gaza
I would like first to thank the author for this much-needed article. Using Gaza as a proxy to attack the Islamists is a cheap shot and, considering that Israel is an apartheid state, it undermines as well the liberals’ claims to being stewards of democracy and human rights. When prominent individuals, like Bishop Tutu of South Africa and American novelist Alice Walker who fought for the emancipation of their own people, come to Palestine to express solidarity, Egypt’s liberals had better take notice. As the author correctly points out, the Egyptian-Palestinian relation is rooted in history, language, and culture. In a global PEW survey long before the fall of the Mubarak regime, zero percent (0%) of Egyptians said they “sympathized with Israel,” in comparison with 93 percent who said they “sympathized the Palestinians.” The liberal position clearly lacks any historical or popular foundations. Apart from this, it amounts to a call for the perpetuation of Egyptian isolationism, which eve
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