It begins: Egyptian mob breaks into Israeli embassy in Cairo

posted at 9:38 pm on September 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

Nothing says “Middle East revolution” like attacking an embassy owned by one of the two Satans. This time the Little Satan was targeted. Next time, us?

Egyptian police made no attempt to intervene during the day as crowds of hundreds tore down an embassy security wall with sledgehammers and their bare hands or after nightfall when about 30 protesters stormed into the Nile-side high-rise building where the embassy is located.

Just before midnight, the group of protesters reached a room on one of the embassy’s lower floors at the top of the building and began dumping Hebrew-language documents from the windows, said an Egyptian security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media…

The group got into the building through a third-floor window and climbed the stairs to the embassy. They worked for hours to break through three doors to enter the embassy, said the 28-year-old man. They encountered three Israelis and beat one of them.

Several Egyptian military policemen appeared and escorted the Israelis to safety but did not attempt to arrest any of the protesters, who then set about dumping files out the windows, he said.

Embassy staff, including the Israeli ambassador and his family, have left for the airport to be evacuated by military plane. The Israeli foreign ministry’s opened an emergency situation room to deal with the crisis and Ehud Barak phoned Panetta to ask him to use U.S. leverage with Egypt to try to protect the embassy. Netanyahu spoke to Obama too, who promised him he’d do everything he can to resolve the situation — whatever that might mean. Funny coincidence: Earlier today a spokesman for Hamas suggested that the group might have to move its headquarters out of Damascus, which has become far too dangerous due to the protests and regime crackdown, to somewhere more accommodating. Somewhere like … Cairo. If you think Israeli/Egyptian relations are bad now, wait until the provocations really start rolling.

While the Egyptian military junta is busy stroking the local Islamists by looking the other way at an attack on Israeli diplomats, Turkey’s demagoging the UN’s recent report on the IDF’s flotilla raid to boost its own popularity in the region. First Erdogan said he’ll suspend defense ties with Israel until Netanyahu apologizes for the raid; now, in a bit of Nasserite pandering to the Israel-hating Arab Street, he’s vowing to send Turkish warships to escort the next flotilla to Gaza. Give him credit for being opportunistic: With Egypt in limbo, Syria being torn apart, and Iran suddenly nervous about losing its regional client regimes and possibly having to deal with another uprising, there’s a big fat power vacuum in the Middle East and Turkey’s going to try to fill it. Not so long ago that would have been good news — Turkey’s a NATO member, after all, and historically has been more secular than other Muslim states — but with Erdogan and the Islamists now in charge, who knows what those warships will do?

Long story short, if you enjoyed the Arab Spring, wait until you see what’s in store for the Arab Summer.

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OblameO’s Muslim Brotherhood … useful idiots are allowed out to do OblameO’s bidding.

FDR used the same union thug tactics to do things like is going on in Seattle

tarpon on September 10, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Hopefully the Israelis will mine their own embassy so if necessary they can detonate it from a safe distance. Let the Egyptians be blamed for it.

katiejane on September 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Wasn’t this Arab Spring cheered by Obama? He knew, what is common knowledge-that the Muslim Brotherhood(the force that created al qaeda)was behind the revolutionary uprisings. He’s had a cold shoulder for Israel from the beginning. Shouldn’t some of the blame for this stuff be on his shoulder? He did go into Lybia without first checking with congress for Lybia.Why not Syria and protecting Israel?

Will he just stand by while the Islamist forces destroy humans in a genocidal attempt as did Clinton in East Timor(He also ignored the slaughter of a million in the Congo – not bad for the first “black president”)

Will the GOP dare to put pressure on him demanding his public support and reiterating our military support of Israel?

Will the American Jews leave the Democratic party if he doesn’t?
(The last was mere rhetoric.)

Don L on September 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Don L on September 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM

The Muslim Brotherhood actually stayed out of the uprising until it was done, only swooping in to take as much control as they could after the dust settled. But it is all a sham, anyway: the socialist military is where the real power is.

Count to 10 on September 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

History repeats itself – Iran, 1979.

honsy on September 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

The burning of the Israeli flag in the pic is symbolic of what they would like to do to Jews. Is there any doubt as to why the Jewish population of Egypt that had reached closed to 100,000 in the 1930′s today stands at a handful?

honsy on September 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM

The “Carterization” is almost complete!

Theworldisnotenough on September 10, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I wonder if the Israelis have enough ammo of all calibers and types? Where could they get some if needed?

ExpressoBold on September 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Where could they get some if needed?

ExpressoBold

FAST & FURIOUS? :)

honsy on September 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

This is not just a Islamist Brotherhood thing. Its also nationalistic attitudes. The Egyptian Christians aren’t exactly friendly toward Israel.

V-rod on September 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM

This is not just a Islamist Brotherhood thing. Its also nationalistic attitudes. The Egyptian Christians aren’t exactly friendly toward Israel.

V-rod

No too bright of the Copts, since they too are on the list for elimination by the Brotherhood.

honsy on September 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Well, Obama did give a speech in Cairo.

I’m sure he’ll take credit in 5 4 3 …..

No?

Yakko77 on September 10, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Hopefully the Israelis will mine their own embassy so if necessary they can detonate it from a safe distance. Let the Egyptians be blamed for it.

katiejane on September 10, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Killing Turks and Egyptians precipitated this crisis. I’m not sure why you think Israel killing more will help improve their prospects with those two countries.

lexhamfox on September 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Barry “Jimmie” Soetoe.

bayview on September 10, 2011 at 1:02 PM

lexhamfox on September 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Take a step further back in time, lexhamfox. The actions of the Turks and Egyptians you refer to were breaking International Law. In the past, wars have started between two nation states for less. So It was an Israeli response to illegal actions that you cite. This embassy attack is a new outrage. Killing enough Turks and Egyptians will lead to peace.

Learn the facts. You are a liberal, with all the negative panoply of reality/liberal views mismatches, but give us reason to think you can learn.

NaCly dog on September 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM

NaCly dog on September 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM

When did the Turkish or Egyptian governments violate international law vis a vis Israel? Israel has a right to defend itself but they undermine their own objectives when they use excessive force and play right into the hands of their enemies when they kill unarmed protesters and Egyptian border guards.

Has the Israeli response made them more secure or does it strengthen their enemies and weaken their allies in Turkey and Egypt?

lexhamfox on September 10, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Just off hand we ought to remove all American citizens from Egypt who will leave and are not dual citizens of the US and Egypt. That place is going to blow any time now.

Thank you Obama – you dumb lump of stinky stuff.

{^_^}

herself on September 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

It’s so typical to see lexhamfox as usual peddling his wares..
Too bad the entire Egyptian uprising, from day one has featured massive anti semitism, the burning of Israeli flags, anti Israel + American signage.. All being carried out by tens and tens of thousands of Israel hating Egyptians. Of course all this preceeded the terrorist attack that came from Egypt by months, but don’t let any of that ruin your theory lexham.

saus on September 10, 2011 at 8:54 PM

It’s so typical to see lexhamfox as usual peddling his wares..
Too bad the entire Egyptian uprising, from day one has featured massive anti semitism, the burning of Israeli flags, anti Israel + American signage.. All being carried out by tens and tens of thousands of Israel hating Egyptians. Of course all this preceeded the terrorist attack that came from Egypt by months, but don’t let any of that ruin your theory lexham.

saus on September 10, 2011 at 8:54 PM

It’s typical of yourself and others to avoid addressing any of my points directly by throwing out false statements like the one you made about the uprising being driven by anti-semitism and anti-American feelings. Perhaps they just got tired of being under a repressive dictatorship run by a thug. The Egyptian security forces are also victims of the Sinai terrorists and there weren’t significant anti-Israeli protests until after Israel attacked over the border.

I will repeat a statement I made earlier… Israel’s tactical actions are undermining it’s own strategic interests as well as the strategic interests of the USA. Terrorists love it when Israel overreacts and kills civilians. It plays right into their hands and made the IHH’s nefarious mission a success. Your own blog highlights a documentary that suggests the same thing.

lexhamfox on September 11, 2011 at 1:33 AM

lexhamfox on September 11, 2011 at 1:33 AM

Only a simpleton would believe what you wrote. Since the so called arab spring began many months ago, there have been numerous strongly supported calls by egyptians to cancel the peace treaty with Israel.

All this again months before the terror incident. I didn’t say the uprising was driven by anti semitism or anti americanism, I said it featured it. But that’s the problem with you , you are always so convived of your own greatness you can’t even read.

Your notion that the were not significant anti Israel sentiment in these protestst until after the terror attack incident shows glaring ignorance, because we in our news HERE, not on your sofa there had nightly reports on our news about it. A glance at imagery of the protests would show that as well.

A simple google search “arab spring egypt anti israel” pulls up 2 millions results, many going back almost half a year. So basically you an ideologue that comes off as a full of crap know it all.

Your mixing of the Arab Spring with Turkey / Israel issues is also irrelevant. Turkey sought to break the Gaza blockade, egypt had supported the Gaza blockade since its inception, full cooperation. Ships rerouted by the blockade were sent to Egypt.

This has nothing to do with Israel’s tactical decisions, and I don’t know what you are talking about re Israel killing civilians. What civilians has Israel been killing? The soldiers in Egypt were not civilians, the 9 turkish IHH activists were jihadis – hardly innocent civilians. The IHH has been designated a terror supporting entity.

Not sure how Israel is underrmining America, by standing up for and fighting for the common values we share. It’s your hero Oloser undermining America by doing the excat opposite, wavering on our shared values, negotiating w/ terrorists, destroying every alliance the USA ever had. Keep cheering him on!!

In summary, as usual you take an anti Israel position, you always have each and every time. You cloak it in being out for tough love just like Obama but no one is fooled.

saus on September 11, 2011 at 3:41 AM

Oh yeah and btw lehamfox.. The fact that you are here on every single post involving Israel, always putting up your tired insults and bashes of my country is pitiful. I have zero respect for you, I think you are a piece of Sh*t, and you can quote me on that.

I’ll see ya here. Pseudo lover of Israel

saus on September 11, 2011 at 3:48 AM

saus on September 11, 2011 at 3:41 AM

Your personal insults towards me don’t further your vacant arguments. It says more about you than it does about me.

lexhamfox on September 11, 2011 at 5:24 AM

It was an extraordinary scene: President Barack Obama, sitting impassively in the Oval Office in May as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him, at considerable length and at times condescendingly, on Jewish history, Arab perfidy and the existential challenges facing his country.

What was extraordinary wasn’t the message — it was not an untypical Netanyahu sermon. What was notable was that Netanyahu was lecturing the president live on television, during a photo opportunity staged so that the two leaders could issue platitudes about the enduring bonds between their nations.

That display of impudence left the president and his team feeling unusually angry. Shortly afterward, Obama’s chief of staff, William Daley, called the Israeli ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren, to communicate the displeasure of the White House in a reportedly heated way. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who watched her husband battle Netanyahu in the late 1990s, also expressed anger and frustration about the prime minister within the administration.
Nothing in Return

But it was Robert M. Gates, the now-retired secretary of defense, who seemed most upset with Netanyahu. In a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee held not long before his retirement this summer, Gates coldly laid out the many steps the administration has taken to guarantee Israel’s security — access to top- quality weapons, assistance developing missile-defense systems, high-level intelligence sharing — and then stated bluntly that the U.S. has received nothing in return, particularly with regard to the peace process.

Senior administration officials told me that Gates argued to the president directly that Netanyahu is not only ungrateful, but also endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israel’s growing isolation and with the demographic challenges it faces if it keeps control of the West Bank. According to these sources, Gates’s analysis met with no resistance from other members of the committee.
Frustration and Resentment

Gates has expressed his frustration with Netanyahu’s government before. Last year, when Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel was marred by an announcement of plans to build new housing units for Jews in East Jerusalem, Gates told several people that if he had been Biden, he would have returned to Washington immediately and told the prime minister to call Obama when he was serious about negotiations.

Gates’s frustration also stems from squabbling with Netanyahu over U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies. In an encounter in Israel in March, according to U.S. and Israeli sources, Netanyahu lectured Gates at length on the possible dangers posed to Israel by such sales, as well as by Turkey and other regional U.S. allies. Gates, a veteran intelligence officer, resented Netanyahu’s tone, and reminded him that the sales were organized in consultation with Israel and pro-Israel members of Congress.
Palestinian State

The reason the administration’s hard feelings toward Netanyahu matter now — and the reason several officials spoke to me on this subject last week — is that the U.S. is once again going to the mat for Israel at the United Nations, where Palestinians intend to seek recognition of an independent state in September.

The White House plans to contest this resolution in the General Assembly (where the move already has majority support), and the U.S. would most likely veto it in the Security Council. The Obama administration is right to oppose this ploy, which would undermine the chances of reconciliation and could lead to an explosion of violence on the West Bank. But they’ll oppose it in spite of Netanyahu, not to help him.

Dislike of Netanyahu has deepened in a way that could ultimately be dangerous for Israel. Time after time, the White House has taken Israel’s side in international disputes — over the UN’s Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza; over Israel’s confrontation with the pro-Hamas Turkish “flotilla,” in which nine people were killed; and on many other issues.

Yet the Netanyahu government does little to dispel the notion among its right-wing supporters that the Obama administration is at best a wavering friend. This is self- evidently foolish, especially at a time when Israel faces an existential threat from its menacing neighbor Iran.
A Blunt Articulation

Gates’s feelings about Netanyahu are particularly consequential, in part because he’s not considered hostile to Israel, and in part because he’s a well-regarded figure who articulated bluntly what so many people in the administration seem to believe. Gates declined to comment for this column through his former spokesman, Geoff Morrell. But Morrell told me that Gates “worked extremely hard throughout his four and half years as secretary of defense to address Israel’s security concerns.”

A Pentagon spokesman, George Little, said that Gates’s successor, Leon Panetta, “agrees with what President Obama and former Secretary Gates have both said, which is that our defense relationship with Israel is stronger than ever.”

When I asked Oren, the Israeli ambassador, about Gates’s often-expressed feelings toward Netanyahu, he said, “We have nothing but the highest regard for Secretary Gates, and as allies, we don’t exchange accusations, we have communications. Israel deeply appreciates the excellent security relationship we have with the Obama administration.”

Netanyahu’s alienation of the White House has not gone unnoticed in Israel. Tzipi Livni, the head of the Kadima Party, said in a recent interview with me and Atlantic editor James Bennet that the average Israeli is more attuned to the importance of maintaining good relations with the U.S. president than is the current prime minister.

“For Israelis,” she said, “when they wake up in the morning and ask themselves, what is the general situation today, the litmus test for them is the health of the relationship between Israel and the United States.”

Pretty much sums it up. Then you have the Israeli foreign minister suggesting that Israel fund the PKK. These guys are a joke and dangerous for Israel. Conservatives need to wake up to what is actually going on.

lexhamfox on September 11, 2011 at 11:54 PM

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