Egypt

The Limitations of U.S. Influence in Egypt

On Tuesday, while Americans were commemorating the eleventh anniversary of September 11, a mob in Libya stormed the U.S. Consulate and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif apologized for the “cowardly” attacks and pledged to work with Washington to apprehend the killers. President Obama acknowledged that this isolated attack would not undermine bilateral relations and that Libya and the U.S. would cooperate. Continue reading “The Limitations of U.S. Influence in Egypt”

Links

August 22-27, 2012 Links

Attacks Raise Specter of Radical Islam In Russia” NPR
Settler Violence Against Palestinians Raises Alarm In Israel” Washington Post
Hamas Declines Invite To Iran Summit, Citing Palestinian Unity” Reuters
This Week In History: The Arab League’s Three No’s” Jerusalem Post
Palestinians From Syria Twice Displaced” Voice of America
Syrian Spillover Violence In Lebanon Rattles Residents” PBS
France Says It Would Recognize Provisional Syrian Government” New York Times
Visit By Egypt’s Morsi To Iran Reflects Foreign Policy Shift” Washington Post

Syria

The Syrian Morality Test

Published in the Huffington Post on Aug. 16, 2012.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which comprises 57 nations and represents Muslims worldwide, has agreed to suspend Syria’s membership for the extreme brutality of Bashar Assad’s regime. Iran, Syria’s sole Middle Eastern ally, rejects the decision. Continue reading “The Syrian Morality Test”

Egypt

Morsy Consolidates Power

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy – who was sworn into office only six weeks ago – has successfully forced Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, Defence Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Chief of Staff, Sami Anan, into retirement. Continue reading “Morsy Consolidates Power”

Egypt

MB, Hamas and Hezbollah Sinai Conspiracy

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah (indirectly) blamed Israel for Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack in Sinai which left sixteen Egyptian soldiers dead.  They have not produced a shred of evidence to support their egregious claims. Continue reading “MB, Hamas and Hezbollah Sinai Conspiracy”

Egypt

Dajani: Morsi Beyond the Islamist Identity

Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi writes in a guest column for Levantine Routes

For the next decade, think tanks in the United States and Europe will be analyzing why an Islamist won the Egyptian presidential elections.  To save them the trouble, I will give them the simple answer:  the Egyptian voters did not vote for Mohammed Morsi as an individual or for his election platform.  They did not watch his interviews to see where he stands on the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, women, Christians, etc. Continue reading “Dajani: Morsi Beyond the Islamist Identity”

Egypt

More Danger in Sinai

A group of unknown Islamist jihadis are believed to be responsible for yesterday’s deadly attack in Sinai which left 16 Egyptians dead.  The Islamists allegedly entered Egypt via Gaza and were perhaps joined by other Bedouin in eastern Sinai.  Their goal was to ultimately infiltrate Israel and kill or kidnap soldiers and civilians.  Hamas for its part has denied any involvement. Continue reading “More Danger in Sinai”

Egypt

Morsy’s Letter to Peres

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy’s letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Peres has verified this exchange on his official Facebook page.