From The Iconoclast
Egyptian Mobs ransacking Israeli Embassy in Cairo
Fox News reported Friday that Egyptians assaulted and ransacked the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. The Israeli Ambassador his family and staff fled escorted by police, driven to Cairo airport where a military plane took them home to Israel. The embassy was torn apart, documents scattered by the huge mob of protesres who assaulted and pierced the high security wall with sledghammers. All while Egyptian police stood by watrcing not lifting a finger to quell the rampaging mob or make arrests. It is not lost on many of us, that the ruling Supreme Military Council is either indifferent or simply following the course of least resistance since the eruption of the Arab Spring and downfall of the Mubarak government.. Every Friday, Salafist preachers in Cairo stoke hatred of Jews and Israel. They demand that the 1979 Peace Treaty between the two countries be torn up ending the Cold Peace -a reference to the lack of support by ordinary Egyptians.. Given the recent terrror attacks at Eilat and accusations that Israeli forces while in pursuit of the terrorists may have shot and killed accidentally five Egyptian border police during the action tensions have risen dramatically in Cairo and other major cities in Egypt. As a result, the Egyptian interim government called home its Ambassador in Tel Aviv. That riggered mounting portests at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Egypt is still holding Ilan Grapel, a dual American-Israeli citizen who was arrested in June while touring Egypt and accused of spying on behalf of the Mossad.. Egypt, with the condonment of Israel, sent more than 2000 troops and tanky scouring the Sinai Peninsula seeking alleged Al Qaeda terrorists. Israel has deployed troops to the border with Egypt and has contracted for the construction of a virtual 120 mile long wall separating the two countries. The irony is that deep in the Sinai peninsula is a Multi-National Force and Observers group (MFO) that was to act as a trip wire to avoid possible conflicts. Among the MFO contingent are US service personnel. That aspect of the Egyptian Israeli peace treaty may have been voided to allow Egyptian troops into the Sinai as part of the hunt for al Qaeda and Palestinian terrorists. Egypt has also arrested four Israelis sent to guard commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aqaba. Many have asked whether the US-orchestrated peace treaty may have compounded the problem when it forced Israel to give up control of the Sinai peninsula, making Israel’s southern border increasingly vulnerable. The Cold Peace appears to be heating up.
According to the FoxNews report, Israel’s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak contacted US Defense Secretary Leon Panetti asking for assistance to secure.the embassy, Given the crowds of several thousand engaged in protests and ransacking the Israeli Embassy, the Egyptian military police were finally forced to send in troops, tanks and fire tear gas to disperse the mobs. The Obama White House, which had high hopes for the Arab Spring in Egypt is now caught in the dilemma of its own making trying to resolve the untenable situation. This latest development comes just days before the looming unilateral declaration of Statehood for Palestine at the UN General Assembly sessions in Manhattan. . However in Cairo things have spun out of control of the Supreme Military Council chief Tantwai, who succeeded the dethroned Mubarak. Now, he is the object of scorn by the mobs in Tahrir Square in Cairo.
The Cold Peace appears to be rapidly heating up.