Sunday, April 24, 2016

Egypt: US Removes Sinai Troops & Israeli Fighter Jet Intercepts Egyptian Passenger Plane

Two news items that caught my eye:

Israeli fighter jets intercept EgyptAir passenger plane

 CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Aviation announced in a statement Saturday that an Egyptian passenger plane was intercepted by Israeli fighter jets and escorted to Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Air Saini’s flight number 214 was escorted by the Israeli jets due to “Cypriot air traffic controllers’ delay in sending the data of the Egyptian plane to the Israeli authorities,” according to the statement.
Yedioth Ahronoth has reported that the Egyptian plane was escorted by the Israeli Air forces as the pilots “failed to identify themselves and their flight upon entering Israeli airspace.”
The newspaper added that Egyptian Coptic Christians heading to Jerusalem to perform Pilgrimage were on board of the intercepted plane.

And just as ISIS ramps up attacks in the Sinai- the US moves troops?

Pentagon moves 100 troops from camp in Sinai as Islamists ramp up attacks

I guess those American soldiers aren't as brave as we're all led to believe? 
Or is the US opening the door for Israel to take Egyptian territory?

 The Pentagon has shifted more than 100 US soldiers from a desert camp near the Egypt-Israeli border in the Sinai Peninsula after a barrage of attacks by militants linked to Islamic State.

 The US troops, part of a peacekeeping force that helps maintain the 1979 treaty between Egypt and Israel, were transferred about 480 kilometres south to a more secure area.
 Sinai Province, a militant group that last year declared allegiance to Islamic State, has carried out multiple attacks on military outposts in the northern Sinai. Its fighters have killed dozens of Egyptian soldiers, including eight this month when militants fired a rocket at their armoured vehicle.
All  news reports are quite clear that it is the Egyptian soldiers being targeted and killed.
And yet the Americans move 480 kilometres away....
The recent attacks were among the topics that General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed on Saturday in a closed-door meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Heliopolis, a Cairo suburb.
Any major change in the peacekeeping force must be approved by all signatories to the accord, which followed the wars between Egypt and Israel in 1967 and 1973.

It's been a busy 24 hours- So much to keep an eye on. Too much for one person, that's for sure!

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 Hoping to have Part 2 of  Gearing up for the Annexation of Mosul. Destroying Iraq & Maybe Mosul Dam too!  done for tomorrow


  1. "I guess those American soldiers aren't as brave as we're all led to believe?" and "Or is the US opening the door for Israel to take Egyptian territory?"
    Yes and yes in my opinion. Has Egypt made the destabilization list? Israel/ISIS perfect together.

    1. Israel covets Egypt- so that would put them on the destabilization list, in my opinion.

      "Israel/ISIS perfect together"

      they really are!

  2. @" the US opening the door for Israel to take Egyptian territory?"

    All was planned since 1982 (the Oded Yinon Plan):

    "(Regaining) the Sinai peninsula with its present and potential resources is therefore a political priority which is obstructed by the Camp David and the peace agreements...
    Israel has two major routes through which to realize this purpose, one direct and the other indirect. The direct option is the less realistic one because of the nature of the regime and government in Israel as well as the wisdom of Sadat who obtained our withdrawal from Sinai, which was, next to the war of 1973, his major achievement since he took power. Israel will not unilaterally break the treaty, neither today, nor in 1982, unless it is very hard pressed economically and politically and Egypt provides Israel with the excuse to take the Sinai back into our hands for the fourth time in our short history. What is left therefore, is the indirect option. The economic situation in Egypt, the nature of the regime and its pan-Arab policy, will bring about a situation after April 1982 in which Israel will be forced to act directly or indirectly in order to regain control over Sinai as a strategic, economic and energy reserve for the long run. Egypt does not constitute a military strategic problem due to its internal conflicts and it could be driven back to the post 1967 war situation in no more than one day."

    1. thanks wiz oz
      I'm behind the times in comment response
      my apologies

  3. Hey Penny - Can't find where I read about it but there was a story of Saudi getting the 2 islands, which were defended by Egypt in 1967 since Saudi refused to get into the fighting. That's why Egyptian people were pissed at the decision to give them back to Saudi, but shortly after the deal was announced, things got even stranger... first Israel said they had "signed off" on the deal beforehand and within a day or so of that story I read another one where Israel will use at least one island as a military base and will be in charge of Obama's "ME-NATO" (consisting of GCC states w/ Israeli commanders). Then a story of about 15-20 middle to upper rank arab soldiers who are currently enrolled in military training in Israel. I see Saudi quietly signing over the islands to Israel and that allows the not-so-secret SA-Israel alliance to control the Red Sea access since Saudi can't win in Yemen. Obama visiting Saudi just after all this to give his blessing and accept thanks from GCC members. Egypt will get screwed in the deal but evidently Sisi has done his job - he got rid of MB who was a threat to both SA & Israel. Now he has started cracking down on protesters and flashback to Mubarak.

    1. Hey silv

      I've had little to no time to look into that island story, though I'd seen it

      I wondered if egypt had simply given them to SA because they owe Saudi Arabia a pile of money?
      But, I don't know?
      If you can find any info would you leave it for me to read?

      Thanks so much :)