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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Egyptian Islamists Attack Egyptian Army

Nadene Goldfoot
An extremely important neighbor of Israel is Egypt, and what goes on there always affect them.  Right now Islamists in Egypt are trying to overthrow their own country's army.  At least we are to learn that not every single Egyptian is favoring a Sharia rule in their country.  The Egyptian army has been very popular, and it is they who are now under attack.

Last week the extreme Islamic group of Salafi lost out in the presidential elections coming up the end of this month.  Abu Ismail was not very happy about being disqualified among others, so his cohorts started the Jihad slogan chanting while getting ready for a Million Man protest they had last Friday on the 4th.  It was an Islamist protest and not a general demonstration.  Leading the protest was someone just released from prison, Muhammad al-Zawahiri, brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

They're calling for Jihad against their own people and have been attacking Egypt's own soldiers. This was not a good move as the army holds a special, respected pace in Egypt, and they wound up killing one of the soldiers.   A news anchorwoman asked who they were liberating Egypt from when she heard their cries of "Alahu Akbar and Jihad!  Jihad!  and read banners carried that said, "Victory or Death!"   Many see  the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists and others as Islamists  touting the same philosophy.  They're all against Israel.  Hopefully, an Islamist president will not be running who will bring "more chaos and oppression" to their people and hatred for Israel,  ready to break the peace pact we have with them.  .

At the beginning of the Arab Spring, I was afraid that the Muslim Brotherhood would gain all the power as they were said to be the best organized.  It looks like they've angered most of the Egyptian people.  It would be a shame for Egypt to lose tourism from Israel.  One thing I enjoyed while living in Israel from 1980 to the end of 1985 was being able to watch Egyptian movies on Israeli TV.  You get to know a people a little better this way.  Who wouldn't like to watch a film with Omar Sharif?


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