Morsi’s Move Takes Israel by Surprise

Israel surprised by the Egyptian President‘s decision to sack the leadership of the country’s defense establishment.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/13/2012, 2:10 AM
Mohamed Morsi

Mohamed Morsi
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Israel was surprised by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s decision on Sunday to sack the entire leadership of the country’s defense establishment.

According to a Channel 10 Newsreport, no one in Israel had anticipated that Morsi would choose to make such a dramatic move as a result of last week’s terror attack in Sinai which killed 16 Egyptian officers.

The report said that Israeli officials believe that despite the latest developments, it is unlikely that a dramatic turnaround in terms of the Egyptian attitude to Israel will be seen in the near future, but that it can be assumed that Morsi’s new appointments will be much more careful to demonstrate any intimacy toward Israel.

Channel 10 also quoted political officials as having warned that if the new appointments do not work together with Israel, the Jewish State will have to start and operate on its own in Sinai to thwart terrorism.

Among the officials and officers fired by Morsi on Sunday are Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Chief of Staff Sami Anan.

Morsi appointed Abdul-Fatah al-Sessi as Defense Minister and Lieutenant-General Sidki Sayed Ahmed as Army Chief of Staff. A judge named Mahmoud Mekki was appointed vice president. Morsi also ordered the retirement of the commanders of the navy, air defense and air force. The retired navy commander, Lieutenant-General Mohan Mameesh, was named as chairman of the Suez Canal.

He also cancelled all constitutional changes that gave the military enlarged powers.

Last week, Morsi fired the Head of General Intelligence, General Morad Mu’afi, following the Sinai terror attack in which 16 policemen were killed. Egyptian news sources also said that Morsi had sacked the governor of Sinai.

The Muslim Brotherhood‘s Morsi appears to be wasting no time in consolidating his hold over power at the expense of the military, which many hoped would be a moderating power over him.

The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt forbids military deployment in Sinai. Last week, however, Israel gave its approval for a temporary deployment in order to crack down on the terrorist infrastructure there.

Jihadist Tells Iran, Uprising in Jordan Can Help Crush Israel

An Islamic Jihad official tells Iran that a popular uprising in Jordan would break the last part of Israel‘s “security chain.”

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

First Publish: 8/12/2012, 3:35 PM
Soldiers patrol Jordanian border

Soldiers patrol Jordanian border
Israel news photo: IDF spokesmen

An Islamic Jihad official told Iran that a popular uprising in Jordan would break the last part of Israel’s security chain.”

Abu Sharif stressed that the recent popular uprisings in the region have harmed the interests of Israel, according to the Iran’s controlled FarsNews Agency.

“These developments (popular uprisings) in the region are in theinterest of the regional nations and against the interests of the Zionist regime and have disturbed the power balance between the supporters and opponents of the Zionist regime,” Abu Sharif said.

He cited the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 as the first of several events “inflicted great damage on Israel.” Abu Sharif continued, “The deterioration of relations between Turkey and Israel was the second blow at the regime and Mubarak’s fall in Egypt was another blow.

“If the regional changes reach Jordan, the Israeli regime will lose the last part of its security chain.”

Jordan and Egypt are Israel’s only neighbors with whom diplomatic relations have been established.

The 1979 treaty with Egypt has survived frigid relations in the latter part of Mubarak’s regime, and the Muslim Brotherhood victories in the Egyptian legislative and presidential elections have left the treaty in questionable terms. Egypt is not about to break it, if for no other reason than its economic value and because of political pressure from the United States, which is a major source of foreign aid to Cairo.

However, the terms of the treaty, particularly the extent of armed Egyptian soldiers in the terrorist-infested Sinai Peninsula, may be challenged by the new regime.

Relations with Jordan have been less noisy, but the majority of non-Jordanian Arabs, descendants from families who fled Israel in previous wars, have created a demographic and political time bomb for King Abdullah II.

To the north, Hizbullah controls southern Lebanon and Syria is engulfed n an all-out civil war. To the south, Israel faces Hamas terrorists in Gaza, and cells of Bedouin, Hamas and  Al Qaeda–linked terrorists in the Sinai.

The jihadists see an uprising in Jordan as leaving Israel surrounded by stated enemies with a common principle of annihilating Israel.

IDF Buys 2,000 Surplus U.S. Hummers

The sale “reflects the strong relationship between the IDF and the U.S. Army.”

By Gil Ronen

First Publish: 8/12/2012, 10:08 PM
Hummer, soldier.

Hummer, soldier.
IDF Website

The IDF recently purchased over 2,000 Hummer vehicles from the U.S. Army surplus, in a deal that will significantly expand the Ground Forces‘ fleet of combat vehicles, writes the official IDF Website, which adds that the sale “reflects the strong relationship between the IDF and the U.S. Army.”

The acquisition will take place in stages over the next three years. The IDF will receive A0- and A1-modelHummers, then carry out repairs and extensive preparation and outfitting for use, before transporting them to Israel. After their arrival in Israel, the vehicles will be further outfitted, according to the specific operational needs of the units that receive them.

“The new Hummers will be used for combat reconnaissance and as administrative vehicles,” Maj. Amit Trep, head of the Department of Weapons Mobility, told the IDF Website‘s Iddan Sonsino. “Most of them will be used [only] in case of emergency, and during routine situations they will remain in warehouses, since the Hummers that we use today for routine activities are more advanced. However, several hundred of them will undergo extensive reinforcement and will be used for routine purposes and for training.”

Most of the vehicles will be kept in “dry storage,” with advanced sleeves protecting them from corrosion. Their batteries will be kept charged, so that they are prepared to enter service directly in case of emergency.

The process of outfitting the vehicles is expected to start in early 2013, and the first vehicles will arrive in Israel in under a year. “The vehicles will arrive at a rate of over 100 vehicles per month, so that within less than two years the warehouses will be full, due to the significant addition of the Hummers,” said Maj. Trep.

Armed Men Open Fire at Troops in Sinai

A group of armed men open fire at peacekeeping troops in Sinai, near the border with Israel. No one hurt.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/12/2012, 5:10 AM
Egyptian army truck carries tanks and vehicles to Rafiah

Egyptian army truck carries tanks and vehicles to Rafiah

 

The tension in the Sinai Peninsula continued on Saturday night, as a group of armed men opened fire at peacekeeping troops near the border with Israel.

A security source in Sinai told Reutersthat the attack “happened in Um Shyhan area in the middle of Sinai but no one got injured.”

The incident came just days after the start of a military operation in the area against terrorists suspected of being behind last Sunday’s attack on Egyptian border guards which killed 16 people.

The same security source told Reuters that a group of armed men had earlier clashed with Egyptian security forces near the scene of the latest attack after they opened fire at a police checkpoint. No one was injured.

Police checkpoints have come under a series of similar attacks by armed assailants since last Wednesday.

On Friday, witnesses reported that several army tanks were heading towards the town of al-Arish, the main administrative center in North Sinai. A day earlier, residents of al-Arish reported that the Egyptian military had sent reinforcements of “unprecedented” size into the peninsula. The forces reportedly include 60 tanks on 30 tank-transporters, 12 armored personnel carriers, 15 additional armored vehicles, more than 20 armored jeeps and 10 Military Police jeeps.

The Israeli Cabinet voted on Thursday to approve an Egyptian request to send in helicopters to the Sinai Peninsula. The approval was given for a period of several days and allows five aircraft to enter the region. The move is designed to assist Egypt in its military operation against terrorist elements in the Sinai.

Under the peace agreements signed between Israel and Egypt in 1979, the Sinai Peninsula is to be a demilitarized zone and Israeli approval is required for Egypt to send in military forces to the region.

Also on Friday, the Egyptian army captured six people it regards as “terrorists” in the Sinai.

MORSI MAKES MOVE AGAINST EGYPT’S MILITARY CHIEFS

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by: AP Staff
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Morsi makes move against Egypt's military chiefs

Egyptian Field Marshal Gen. Hussein Tantawi, left, President Mohammed Morsi, center, and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Sami Anan, right, attend a medal ceremony, at a military base east of Cairo, Egypt, on July 5. The spokesman for Egypt’s president says Mohammed Morsi, the country’s Islamist leader, has decided to retire the head of the Armed Forces and minister of Defense and chief of staff. Photo Credit:AP/Egyptian Presidency

Egypt’s Islamist president ordered his defense minister and chief of staff to retire on Sunday and canceled the military-declared constitutional amendments that gave top generals wide powers.

It was not immediately clear whether the decision had the military’s blessing. Morsi has been in a power struggle with the military since he came to power on June 30. Shortly before he was announced the winner of elections, the ruling military council that took power after Hosni Mubarak‘s ouster stripped the presidency of many of its key powers. …

Morsi also ordered the retirement of the commanders of the navy, air defense and air force. The retired navy commander, Lt. Gen. Mohan Mameesh, was named as chairman of the Suez Canal, the strategic waterway linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean and a major source of revenues for the country.

 

 

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Muslim Brotherhood anti-army coup in Cairo. Tanks move up to Israel border

DEBKAfile Special Report August 12, 2012, 7:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Morsi fires generals
President Morsi fires generals

HAVING GAINED CONTROL OF THE EGYPTIAN PARLIAMENT, GOVERNMENT AND PRESIDENCY, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HAS MADE ITSELF THE UNCHALLENGED RULER OF EGYPT. DEMOTING THE HEADS OF THE MILITARY LEAVES THE MB IN CONTROL OF THE BIGGEST ARMY IN THE ARAB WORLD.

TWO MONTHS AFTER ASSUMING THE PRESIDENCY, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S PRESIDENT MOHAMED MORSI SWEPT AWAY THE POWERFUL PRO-AMERICAN SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL HEADS RULING EGYPT SINCE HOSNI MUBARAK’S OVERTHROW.  SUNDAY. AUG. 12, HE FIRED THE EGYPTIAN DEFENSE MINISTER, FIELD MARSHAL MOHAMED TANTAWI, THE EGYPTIAN CHIEF OF STAFF GEN. HAFEZ SAMI ANNAN AND THREE MORE GENERALS AND APPOINTED FIELD MARSHALL ABD AL-FATAH SISSI DEFENSE MINISTER AND GEN. SIDKI SOBHI CHIEF OF STAFF IN THEIR PLACE.
The three generals also sacked were Air Force chief Rezza Abd al-Megid, Navy commander Mahab Muhamed Mamish and Air Defense chief Abd Al-Aziz Muhamed Seif.
PRESIDENT MORSI ALSO ANNULLED THE LAW AMENDMENTS ENDOWING THE MILITARY WITH BROAD POWERS.
DEBKAFILE REPORTS: FIELD MARSHAL TANTAWI AND GEN. ANNAN WERE REGARDED AS THE LAST MAJOR IMPEDIMENTS TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S COMPLETE TAKEOVER OF EGYPT. MORSI’S ACTION HAS CAST EGYPT’S MILITARY CASTE OUT INTO UNCERTAIN TERRITORY WITH REGARD TO ITS FUTURE STATUS IN GOVERNMENT.

MORSI’S ACTIONS IN THE LAST MONTH HAVE AROUSED SERIOUS CONCERN IN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. HIS COUP SUNDAY WILL GIVE THEM MORE UNSAVORY FOOD FOR THOUGHT. THEY WILL NOT HAVE MISSED THE SUDDEN ARRIVAL OF EGYPTIAN ARMY M-60 TANKS (MADE IN THE US) RIGHT UP TO THE ISRAELI BORDER OF SINAI WHILE THE NEW APPOINTMENTS WERE ANNOUNCED IN CAIRO.

IT IS STILL NOT YET CLEAR WHETHER THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT AND ARMY WERE CAUGHT OFF GUARD OR GAVE PERMISSION FOR THIS EXTREME EXCEPTION TO THE DEMILITARIZED CLAUSES OF THEIR 1979 PEACE TREATY. HOWEVER, LAST WEEK, THE EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT SAID THAT TREATY CLAUSES NOT DEEMED BENEFICIAL TO EGYPTIAN INTERESTS BY THE NEW REGIME WOULD HAVE TO GO. ISRAEL DID NOT RESPOND TO THIS STATEMENT.

IN ANOTHER NEW DEPARTURE, HE APPOINTED A FORMER SENIOR JUDGE MOHAMED MAHMUD MAKKI VICE PRESIDENT, A NEW OFFICE IN EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT.
DEBKAFILE WAS THE ONLY PUBLICATION TO REPORT THAT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND MORSI WERE EXPLOITING THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN SINAI TO RID CAIRO OF THE PRO-WESTERN MILITARY CONTROL OF THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT.
DEBKAFILE WAS THE ONLY PUBLICATION TO REPORT THAT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND MORSI WERE EXPLOITING THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN SINAI TO RID CAIRO OF THE PRO-WESTERN MILITARY CONTROL OF THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT. A FASTER WORKER, MORSI HAS ACHIEVED THIS IN EXACTLY SEVEN DAYS.

Egyptian Cleric: People Thirst for Jews’ Blood

Sallah Sultan on Hamas TV: Israel used girls with AIDS to seduce young Egyptians and infect them.

By Gil Ronen

First Publish: 8/9/2012, 1:16 AM

Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV has aired sermons by an Egyptian cleric in which he says that people he meets everywhere “thirst for the blood of the Jews.” The video was monitored and translated by MEMRI.

The sermons by cleric Sallah Sultan, who founded the Ohio-based American Center for Islamic Research, were aired on July 27 and August 3.

“I travel all over the world,” he says, “and I met supporters of Al-Aqsa, of the prisoners, of Jerusalem, and of Palestine – people who thirst for the blood of the Jews, and who are eager for the promised war against the sons of Zion, until Palestine is liberated in its entirety.”

Sultan goes on to say that “Under the previous [Egyptian] regime over 30,000 Zionists entered Egypt every month, defiling its land. The Egyptian police were forced to protect them, while they were getting drunk and picking fights.”

“There was a great scandal, when [alleged Israeli spy] Misrati and some Jews entered Egypt, in order to commit all kinds of crimes here: counterfeit dollars, takingphotographs of military bases, girls with AIDS seducing young Egyptians in order to infect them, and the vilest act of all – for the price of one Egyptian pound Misrati and his gang would seduce young Egyptian boys from Cairo, Alexandria and Upper Egypt. They took young children who did not know any better and sodomized them.”

In 2010, Sultan accused Zionists of making Pesach matzas from the blood of Christian children. In 2011, he declared that a 1994 edict that called for the murder of “every Zionist who enters Egypt – tourist or not” would be renewed.