Israel readies for end of decades-long calm on Golan border
Israeli military prepares for Lebanon and Syria threats despite turmoil in Egypt
Making clear the turmoil in Egypt is well within Israel’s domain of influence and control
The Israeli military trains in a mock Lebanese or Syrian village in its base in this northern Israeli town. Officials say such a conflict could erupt at any time.
The military built the complex after the 2006 war to institutionalize the lessons of guerrilla warfare. The village complex features networks of tunnels and trainers frequently take hostages.
Makes one wonder about the multiple episodes of hostage taking UN peacekeepers at Golan?
Reflecting the high priority of the northern front, the military announced plans this week to create a new army division to oversee the Golan Heights, along the Syrian front, and “address emerging threats” like the one from Hezbollah.And speaking of Israel’s lack of concern regarding Egypt.... which should seem at odds with this reporting? Attacks by “militants” are up in the Sinai. As fully expected here.
Islamic militants intensify attacks in Egypt’s Sinai after Morsi’s fall
Militant groups have grown bolder, striking security forces almost daily and also turning on local Christians. Some are now openly vowing to drive the military out of the peninsula on the borders with Israel and Gaza and establish an “Islamic emirate.” Further fueling the turmoil is the longtime resentment among many in the Bedouin population over decades of neglect and harsh security crackdowns by the state.
Israel, waiting... and aiding in creating the opportunity to re occupy the Sinai
Flashback to a post here, from March 2010. Very nearly 3 and ½ years ago...
Foreign control of large swathes of Sinai Peninsula obtained through fraud and Israeli involvement
“Here's how the dirty deals were done:And, while I absolutely agree Egypt needs reconciliation the linked piece below positively reeks of the white man’s burden meme mentioned in this post- Rebranding the Arab Spring to Reorder the Middle East/Africa
The land deals in question have been concluded by an Egyptian corporation that is, claimed Mr. Howeidi, a front for a German company which used eleven lawyers to "fix 450 judicial rulings through which the registration and payments outside Egypt took place successfully".
In an article published by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Row'ya (The Vision), Mr. Howeidi said,
"The worst aspect of this case is that all these agreements were in favour of Israeli owners and companies."
In such a situation, he said, we are looking at something far more serious than "tourism and foreign investment; it becomes a scheme with political ramifications obvious to everybody".
Egypt now needs truth, reconciliation and no rush to the ballot box
Egypt should not rush its transition again. It was haste during the first transition (promoted by the MB out of pure self-interest) that plunged the country into a series of unending crises culminating in the latest upheaval.
Was it the MB, out of pure self interest, that hastened the first transition?
Bluntly put. Western elites will pull the strings in Egypt for some time to come.
Egyptian IMF negotiator to be Finance Minster?
- Hany Kadri, who oversaw talks with the International Monetary Fund over a stalled rescue package last year, will be asked to serve as Egypt's interim finance minister, two sources in the government told Reuters on Saturday.Of course.
Syria: I remain doubtful regarding the news of Migs bombing the Crac des Chevaliers castle
The videos are completely unconvincing Appears to me as if NATO’s mercs set of explosions in the Citadel . Then went in to film the damage. I cannot even ascertain from the footage when this explosion actually took place, since... “Fighting in and around the Crac des Chevaliers has been reported throughout the conflict” Which means this could be two year old footage being rehashed.
British Jihadi youths doing duty in Syria;
The finger of blame which the Turkish government pointed at foreigners for orchestrating anti-government protests that rocked the country now appears to target foreign aid missions helping internally displaced Syrians.
Last week Turkish police raided offices of two humanitarian aid missions operating in war-torn Syria and deported four foreigners, witnesses said.