Say, remember all those people and pundits who said last year that the Muslim Brotherhood didn’t want to rule Egypt?
Yeah, not so much. After firing the top non-MB generals and replacing them with one who has MB leanings, Morsi is now saying he will review the peace treaty with Israel that demilitarizes the Sinai.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will discuss amendments to the 1979 peace treaty with Israel to ensure Egypt’s full sovereignty over the Sinai Peninsula, the president’s legal adviser claimed on Tuesday.
In an interview with al-Masry al-Youm, Mohamed Jadallah said there was no conflict between Morsi and the Higher Military Council. He stressed that none of the military leaders intervened in the election of the new defense minister and chief of staff and that the president had the prerogative to make changes in the top military brass.
So now you know why he fired the generals.
This is the only thing that puzzles me over the current events. Morsi is currently going against Hamas by shutting down Gaza and demanding they turn over any Hamas terrorists that helped the jihadists attack the Egyptian outpost before heading to Israel. Apparently, these actions by Hamas have not satisfied the Egyptians.
Immediately after the Sinai killings, Hamas ordered the closure of around 1,000 smuggling tunnels along its border with Egypt to prevent possible infiltration by attackers.
Several tunnels have remained operational bringing food, fuel and construction materials into Gaza, but Hamas has said it would be willing to see all the underground passages closed if Egypt agreed to defy Israel and let goods flow through Rafah.
What I’m thinking is that Morsi has to be seen as harsh on Gaza–for now. Sixteen Egyptian soldiers were murdered as they sat down to their break-fast meal during Ramadan. The Egyptian populace is furious. So Morsi has found a scapegoat (the generals), shut down the Rafah crossing because the jihadis got help from there, and now is going to play a waiting game. When the furor dies down, look for Rafah to reopen and Hamas to become in good odor again.
What I see is something I don’t like at all. I see Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood laying the groundwork for a war with Israel. They are going to try to get Israel to agree to let them have more and more militarization of the Sinai, which would be yet another border that Israel would have to defend if things come to war.
And let’s face it: It’s not a stretch to think that the MB was somehow involved with the terror attack. It was going against Israel, after all, and all of the jihadis have shown that they don’t care if they murder their own on the way to murdering Jews. We’re all “infidels,” after all.
Any way you look at it, things are not going well in the Middle East. Awesome job, Smart Power Obama administration. Maybe you could send Hillary Clinton to smooth things over again. Like she did last time. Oh. Wait.