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Will America’s delivery of F-16s to Egypt threaten Israel?

Israeli Experts Weigh In
By Anav Silverman
Tazpit News Agency

There’s been a flurry of speculation surrounding America’s transfer of F-16s to Egypt both in Israel and the United States. This past Sunday, Egypt and the United States held a joint ceremony marking the delivery of four new F-16 aircraft to the Egyptian Air Force, despite objections from Republican Senator, Rand Paul who attempted to pass an amendment banning weapon sales to Egypt which the Senate voted down. U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson noted that “…a strong Egypt is in the interest of the U.S., the region, and the world.”

The United States will send a total of 20 new F-16 aircraft during the course of 2013, in addition to 200 Abram tanks. Egypt has 224 F-16s to date, as part of the 34-year security partnership between the US and Egypt. “The United States has long recognized Egypt as an indispensable partner,” said Patterson.

However, U.S. Senator Paul made it clear that he believed it was unwise to send American weaponry to an unstable Egypt. On the Senate floor, Rand declared that “I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot who said recently that Jews were ‘bloodsuckers’ and ‘descendants of apes and pigs. This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality that we would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.”

Sinai – The Gazan terrorists’ testing grounds

By Tom Nisani and Aryeh Savir

Tazpit News Agency

Rocket attacks continue to plague the south of Israel, the last one occurring a few days ago. The IDF deployed an anti-rocket “Iron Dome” battery in Eilat a few weeks ago. These latest strikes follow the massive attack which took place on August 5th, which claimed the lives of sixteen Egyptian soldiers and which was finally blocked by the IDF on Israel’s southern border.

These events are not recent developments. Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former president, was ousted from his position in disgrace in February of 2011. Since that time, the balance of power in the Sinai Peninsula has changed dramatically, and it seems that the change is to the detriment of all parties in the region, excluding the power factors in the Gaza Strip – the terrorist organizations of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and other minor organizations.

Since the deposing of Mubarak, terror organizations which originate from the Gaza Strip have taken control of the Sinai Peninsula, along with other terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, which develop their infrastructure of terror everywhere they can, and especially in areas that suffer from lack of government and neglect, such as the Sinai region. In recent months, they have operated an industry of terrorism at an unprecedented magnitude, including weapons experiments, weapons smuggling, and terrorist attacks. Since February 2011, the IDF has received several reports on events of weapons experiments in open areas throughout the Sinai. Palestinians terrorists from the Gaza Strip are taking advantage of the lawlessness in the Sinai in order to perform experimentations with weapons of varying grades by firing to areas in Sinai, and receiving way points of the strikes from local collaborators. Through these experiments, the terrorist organizations can improve the weapons’ shooting angles, amount of explosives and projectiles, depending on where the rockets fall.

In addition, the tunnel routes between Gaza and Sinai have developed immensely since the fall of Mubarak’s regime. The tunnel owners have known difficult periods when concentrated joint efforts were made by Israel and the Mubarak regime to create obstacles for these tunnels. They are currently experiencing a profitable period as both their civilian businesses and their collaboration with the terrorist’s industry in Gaza do not encounter any difficulties on the Egyptians part. Some of tunnels are big enough that entire vehicles can be transported through them.

This reality has severely hampered the security on Israel’s southern border. Sinai of the post-Mubarak era has become a focal point for active and brutal terrorism, due to the vacuum created in the region, as the Egyptians do not take responsibility for their sovereign territory, and the waste lands are utilized by the terrorist organizations to the outmost.

Member of Knesset Benyamin Ben-Eliezer, a knowledgeable source on the Egyptian scene stated after the attack: “I hear president Mursy’s statements and I understand he has come to a conclusion that if he does not gain control of the Sinai soon, he will be sitting on a nuclear bomb. Sinai, with all its components – including the Global Jihad, Al – Qaida and other terrorist organizations – is going to become a place that could shake the entire of Egypt.”

Israeli Arab official warns ‘Armageddon’ vver Anti-Islam film

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Follow WNEW’s Election Watch 2012 Coverage Here »More Political NewsTEL AVIV, Israel (CBSDC/AP) – Israeli Arabs protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv Thursday following the attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

The Times of Israel reports about 100 peaceful demonstrators marched outside the embassy to protest the anti-Islam movie which mocks the prophet Muhammad.

A radical group called the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement led the demonstration, according to the Times of Israel.

A top Israeli Arab Knesset official warned of “Armageddon” if the United Nations does not intervene.

Egypt allows Iranian warship through Suez despite U.S. objection

CAIRO — Egypt has again allowed an Iranian Navy ship to pass the Suez Canal toward Syria.

A senior official said the Egyptian Navy approved the passage of an Iranian ship loaded with weapons to move from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea

The Iranian Navy frigate IS Alvand passes through the Suez Canal at Ismailia, Egypt, on Feb. 22. The frigate, accompanied by the replenishment ship IS Kharg, entered the Suez Canal en route to Syria. /AP

The official said Egypt dismissed a request by the United States to stop the Iranian ship at the canal.

‘Egypt’s tanks are in Sinai for fighting terrorism’

Photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters
By YAAKOV LAPPIN Former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin says Israel should allow Egypt’s Sinai military boost for counter-terrorism.
Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said Wednesday that Egypt’s deployment of tanks to Sinai should not be a worry for Israel so long as Egypt cracks down on terrorist groups operating in the peninsula.

“Terrorism is fought with tanks,” Yadlin, currently head of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, told Army Radio during an interview.

Calls to destroy Egypt’s pyramids

by Raymond Ibrahim

According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”

This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.

Flame virus ‘Told to Vanish’, say experts

U.S. computer security researchers say the Flame computer virus has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace. By Elad Benari

U.S. computer security researchers said on Sunday that the Flame computer virus, which struck at least 600 specific computer systems in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace.

AFP reported that anti-virus company Symantec said in a blog post that late last week that some Flame “command-and-control servers sent an updated command to several compromised computers.”

“This command was designed to completely remove (Flame) from the compromised computers,” said the statement. Flame virus ‘Told to Vanish’, say experts

Why is the U.S. doing Special Ops exercise with Egypt and Pakistan?

by Shoshana Bryen NATO’s snub of Israel — a “major non-NATO ally” and member of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue — in its Chicago summit this weekend was simply waved away. “Israel is neither a participant in ISAF nor in KFOR (Afghanistan and Kosovo missions),” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Israel didn’t belong there, and that’s that. In the same press conference, however, Rasmussen acknowledged that thirteen other “partner” nations would attend because “[i]n today’s world security challenges know no borders, and no country or alliance can deal with most of them on their own.”

Perhaps he, or someone, believes that Israel has nothing to contribute to meeting “today’s security challenges.”

Pundits quickly assumed that Turkey — a full NATO member — had vetoed Israel’s participation, as it vetoed IDF participation in NATO exercises in the Mediterranean. Rasmussen denied it — and maybe he’s right, because that’s not the only place where Israel is having trouble with its presumed military partners.

Good things never change!!!

  By Avi Lipkin/Victor Mordecai When Egyptian Field Marshall and Minister of War Mohammed Tantawi said recently that “Egypt would know how to cut off the arm of the enemy (Israel) when the time came,” it reminded me of something…

Six army battalions called up under emergency orders to meet growing threat on Egypt, Syria borders

Knesset approves IDF request to call up a further 16 battalions if needed By Aaron Kalman Reserve soldiers conduct a training exercise (photo credit: Matanya Tausig/Flash90)Related TopicsIsraeli-Egyptian borderIsraeli-Syrian borderIDF reserve soldiersT he IDF has issued emergency call up orders to six reserve battalions in light of new dangers on the Egyptian and Syrian borders. And the Knesset has given the IDF permission to summon a further 16 reserve battalions if necessary, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

An IDF spokesperson said intelligence assessments called for the deployment of more soldiers. An army statement highlighted last August’s infiltration from the Sinai north of Eilat in which eight Israelis were killed, and said the subsequent division of that area into two distinct military zones necessitated additional manpower.

According to 2008′s Reserve Duty Law, combat soldiers can be called for active reserve duty once every three years, and for short training sessions during the other two. Rising tensions between Israel and Egypt and the ongoing unrest in Syria caused the army to ask the Knesset for special permission to call up more soldiers, more often.