Egyptian parliamentary report: Israel is our “number one enemy”

posted at 5:25 pm on March 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

I saw something about this at Iran’s English-language house organ, Press TV, and figured it was propaganda aimed at driving the wedge between Israel and Egypt a little deeper. Not so. The AP reported it on Monday. It really happened. One year and one month after Mubarak was knocked over, this is what the vanguard of Egyptian democracy is up to.

Thought experiment: Would there be more western support for intervening in Syria if this rolling clusterfark in Egypt hadn’t happened? When Mubarak was teetering, the debate in the west was about whether Arabs might finally be ready to liberalize notwithstanding the Muslim Brotherhood’s strength. You don’t hear much of that now vis-a-vis Syria. There are lots of arguments for intervening to topple Assad, both humanitarian and strategic (depriving Iran of a prized proxy), but making Damascus safe for democracy isn’t one of them. You’re apt to get the same sort of lunatics in power there as in Cairo. Is making Khamenei sweat enough of a reason to help install another Sunni Islamist mobocracy across the border from Israel?

Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament unanimously voted on Monday in support of expelling Israel’s ambassador in Cairo and halting gas exports to the Jewish state.

The motion is largely symbolic, because only the ruling military council can make such decisions, and it is not likely to impact Egypt’s relations with Israel. But it signals the seismic change in Egypt after the ouster of longtime leader and Israel ally Hosni Mubarak a year ago in a popular uprising that ended his 29 years in power.

The vote was taken by a show of hands on a report by the chamber’s Arab affairs committee that declared Egypt will “never” be a friend, partner or ally of Israel. The report described Israel as the nation’s “number one enemy” and endorsed what it called Palestinian resistance “in all its kinds and forms” against Israel’s “aggressive policies.”

True to Islamist form, the report referred to Israel as “the Zionist entity.” If you’re searching for some reason to believe this isn’t as bad as it seems, here’s the best I can do: To some extent, Israel-bashing gestures like this are aimed as much at the ruling military junta as at Israel itself. The junta runs the country, much to the Islamists’ dismay, and the junta’s also the guarantor of the cold peace with Tel Aviv. When a measure passes declaring Israel the country’s archenemy, it’s tantamount to calling the junta traitors, which further delegitimizes them among the population. So in theory, if/when parliament finally has real power and begins to collect western foreign aid (i.e. bribes), the Islamists will be more circumspect about their demagogic gambits. I’ve never bought that, though, for two reasons: (1) no doubt there are plenty of MPs, especially in the Salafist wing, who really do feel this way and want another go at smashing “the Zionist entity,” and (2) even among the ones who don’t, the temptation to sink into Jew-hatred as a populist distraction once they try and fail to solve the country’s economic problems will probably prove irresistible. They’ll end up pushing for war because that’s all they’ll have to offer. Sorry, Syrians, but you’re out of luck.


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Why removing Mubarak was a mistake.

22044 on March 14, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Absolutely perfect caption!

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Sounds like something that obama guy would say.

Pork-Chop on March 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Obama Spring™ paying the Jews dividends. Over & Over.

portlandon on March 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM

This is what Israel is surrounded with. All around it.

We have the luxury of dismissing these guys. They don’t.

And can’t.

SteveMG on March 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Why removing Mubarak was a mistake.

22044 on March 14, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama should ask Jimmy Carter about how removing the Shah of Iran worked out for us. We’ve been suffering from that mistake for over 30 years.

portlandon on March 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Absolutely perfect caption!

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Say, doesn’t that guy look suspiciously like Andy Kaufmann?

“Ibeedahhh!”

turfmann on March 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

That Cairo speech really was a winner.

Rixon on March 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

They’ve had their ass whipped in the desert in 2 prior wars. They can’t wait to lose a third one.

RichardG on March 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The guy behind him looks suspiciously like a clean-shaven Redd Foxx and/or Jeremiah Wright.

Rixon on March 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM

This is no surprise, it’s who the muslim brotherhood is. Looks like Eygpt hasn’t had a good ASS-WHOOPIN’in a couple decades and their due!

SMACKRUNNER on March 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM

It’s all good
-dear leader

Crickets chirping

cmsinaz on March 14, 2012 at 5:34 PM

20 minutes out of the Cairo airport and you’ll recognize up close and personal that Egypt, and the entire Middle East is a deeply, deeply, diseased society.

I wouldn’t give these animals the one iota of the benefit of the doubt re: their true intentions towards the “Zionist entity”.

aquaviva on March 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

With the Syrian Army tied up slaughtering its own people, there may not be a two front war. Interesting developments on the RISK board.

Rixon on March 14, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Well bho will make sure these little darlings get another half billion or so to make them feel all warm and fuzzy? Money makes them like us, you know?
L

letget on March 14, 2012 at 5:37 PM

It’s springtime for Hitler.

Opposite Day on March 14, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Why removing Mubarak was a mistake.

22044 on March 14, 2012 at 5:27 PM

We should’ve just kept paying him billions of dollars to be our fried.

Notorious GOP on March 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Thought experiment: Would there be more western support for intervening in Syria if this rolling clusterfark in Egypt hadn’t happened?

Maybe. Part of the problem is Obama is in charge, and part of it is the botched interventions in Libya and Egypt, which has, frustratingly, led to way too many in the GOP parroting the Ron Paul line. Syria is an enemy of the US and I will be thrilled when they are taken down (even if al-Assad is replaced by an Islamist regime, it will at least be weaker).

I’ve never bought that, though, for two reasons: (1) no doubt there are plenty of MPs, especially in the Salafist wing, who really do feel this way and want another go at smashing “the Zionist entity,” and (2) even among the ones who don’t, the temptation to sink into Jew-hatred as a populist distraction once they try and fail to solve the country’s economic problems will probably prove irresistible. They’ll end up pushing for war because that’s all they’ll have to offer. Sorry, Syrians, but you’re out of luck.

There’s going to be another war in the Middle East for sure. The question is, who will be the aggressors, and who will the USA (or really, Obama) back?

Doomberg on March 14, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The War on Israeli Women….
And Men.

Thanks President Obama.

Electrongod on March 14, 2012 at 5:40 PM

They’ve had their ass whipped in the desert in 2 prior wars. They can’t wait to lose a third one.

RichardG on March 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

heh!! pop the popcorn. Are the Israeli Generals asking each other, “Hey, last time we did it in 6 days, do you think that we can do it in 5 this time?”

ted c on March 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM

even among the ones who don’t, the temptation to sink into Jew-hatred as a populist distraction once they try and fail to solve the country’s economic problems will probably prove irresistible

Uh, they are Jew-haters, their doctrine demands Jew-hatred. They don’t need any temptation.

ProfessorMiao on March 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Interesting developments on the RISK board.

Rixon on March 14, 2012 at 5:36 PM

true that.

ted c on March 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I’m willing to bet real money that I’m not the only person who reacts to this news with ::no suprise::.

Wasn’t this Obama’s objective? Ohhh, riight, he’s “not a Muslim.” You know, I’d have sworn Obama was one, sworn it.

Lourdes on March 14, 2012 at 5:46 PM

And thus, explained is the Left’s recent denigration and ridicule of Americans who think Obama’s a Muslim. Hardee-har-har, eh?

The Left never promotes ANY smear campaign without a plan to counteract emerging news to the contrary.

Lourdes on March 14, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Hey how’s Libya going these days?

sandee on March 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM

this is technically a breach of the camp david accords, Israel would have the legal right to take back the Sinai now, they won’t of course, they will probably have to wait for a full scale invasion before they can defend themselves from the Muslims, but legally, if one were to go by the treaty that Egypt signed, then this is a breach, i am aware that treaties for Muslims are meaningless of course( Hudna, Taqqiya), but Westerners should be aware

golembythehudson on March 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM

No worries Israel, President Dipstick has your back.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 14, 2012 at 5:51 PM

BHO smiles…

d1carter on March 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I’m willing to bet real money that I’m not the only person who reacts to this news with ::no suprise::.

Wasn’t this Obama’s objective? Ohhh, riight, he’s “not a Muslim.” You know, I’d have sworn Obama was one, sworn it.

Lourdes on March 14, 2012 at 5:46 PM

much like his boyhood hero who he idolized the Indonesian dictator Suharto, he is a muslim with a communist outlook, there can be no doubt in anybody’s mind that the Cairo speech that he made was a call for the Brotherhod to rule the country, they are his ideological bedmates

golembythehudson on March 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The only good thing to come out of The Facebook Revolution was that epic camel charge. Bad.ass.

Christien on March 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM

These guys are nothing like they were in that “Walk like an Egyptian” music video! :(

Are the Israeli Generals asking each other, “Hey, last time we did it in 6 days, do you think that we can do it in 5 this time?”

ted c on March 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I think nowadays they could do it within 24 hours. Then look over to Iran and say “You want some of this, B*TCH?!”

ThePrez on March 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

The only good thing to come out of The Facebook Revolution was that epic camel charge. Bad.ass.

Christien on March 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I liked the guy who was wearing bread for a hemet.

sharrukin on March 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

So are we Enemy #2? I can`t accept that, America is NUMBER 1! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!

ThePrez on March 14, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Arab Spring.
MSM-It’s all good!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

As was expected The Muslim Brotherhood took of US Universities in the 60′s have planted the Isreal hatred in there and now they have whole Countries at their command. Wonderful! Let me see, Tunisa, Libya, Egypt and soon Syria.

They have their favorite guy in the White House, what more could they possibly want? Yeah, a hole where Isreal is, that would suit them just fine.

Great Obama and H. Clinton, fantastic jobs you two Dunces.

uhangtight on March 14, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I’ve seen this movie before…

… It does not turn out well.

Seven Percent Solution on March 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Oh what so we’re relegated to 2nd place? Crushed.

Don’t be so sure about them launching another war. The last two were utterly crushing defeats. The desert all the way to Sinai is still littered with burnt out armor.

If anything, Israel’s military advantage is 10 times what it was back in 73. Then again, they could team up with the Iranians and then all hell really would break loose.

Yeah, on reflection – they really are that nuts.

CorporatePiggy on March 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I’m willing to bet real money that I’m not the only person who reacts to this news with ::no suprise::.

Wasn’t this Obama’s objective? Ohhh, riight, he’s “not a Muslim.” You know, I’d have sworn Obama was one, sworn it.

Lourdes on March 14, 2012 at 5:46 PM

So, let me get this straight: Obama is secretly a muslim who loves Islam and wants to destroy Israel, so he supported and encouraged the Egyptian Revolution, somehow knowing in advance that it would somehow make Egypt hate Israel even more than it already did, and this will somehow aid Obama in his grand master plan to destroy Israel.

Yeah, you should probably head over to WND. I think you’ll find that you have a lot in common with the people over there. Maybe you’ll even become best friends with the birthers!

theoddmanout on March 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

This is what democracy looks like! /some libtard

Decoski on March 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

That Obama Cairo speech really made a major calming difference out in the Middle East, didn’t it?

See what happens when an Islamic apostate sets up the TOTUS in Cairo and proceeds to tell Moslems how to cut bait.

In just a couple short years global policy among all sorts of nations has been ripped apart and is in total confusion, brought on by total amateurs and hopey-changey nitwits.

We could reconvene another Congress of Vienna and try to sort things out but nobody speaks Austrian anymore, and instead of a Metternich at the helm, all we’s got’s is mealy mouth Barack.

coldwarrior on March 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

sharrukin on March 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I dub him Jihady Cold Cuts.

Christien on March 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The junta runs the country, much to the Islamists’ dismay, and the junta’s also the guarantor of the cold peace with Tel Aviv.

AP: Israel’s government headquarters is in Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv.

aunursa on March 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Don’t hold your breath waiting for an Obama “Go down, Moses” moment. He’s still reading that book Bibi gave him about George Jefferson’s sister-in-law.

Christien on March 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM

So, let me get this straight: Obama is secretly a muslim who loves Islam and wants to destroy Israel, so he supported and encouraged the Egyptian Revolution, somehow knowing in advance that it would somehow make Egypt hate Israel even more than it already did, and this will somehow aid Obama in his grand master plan to destroy Israel.

theoddmanout on March 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

You may not know this but there are a lot of us who are able to tell the future. If the mob takes over in Syria they will hate Israel even more than they already do. If the mob takes over in Saudi Arabia they will hate Israel even more than they already do. If the mob takes over in Morocco they will hate Israel even more than they already do. If the mob takes over in [fill in the Muslim country] they will hate Israel even more than they already do.

We call this amazing predictive ability…history.

sharrukin on March 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM

An entire generation of Egyptians has grown up without first-hand knowledge of Nasser or 1967. The society has been marinating in Wahhabist propaganda paid for by Saudi petro-dollars for three decades. If they need a refresher on what a humiliating conventional military defeat feels like, I’m sure the Israelis are up to it. Would that mean that we’d stop sending these loser welfare queens money? Don’t bet on it.

Travis Bickle on March 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM

No surprise.

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 14, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Obama should ask Jimmy Carter about how removing the Shah of Iran worked out for us. We’ve been suffering from that mistake for over 30 years.

portlandon on March 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Yep, Carter’s totally outstanding foreign policy screwup may eventually be rivaled by that of little Bammie.

So much for those that plan to sit out an election, then somehow ride to a great conservative victory in 2016 after which all that little Bammie has done can magically be undone.

slickwillie2001 on March 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Absolutely perfect caption!

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Close. “fever” should’ve been spelled “fevah!

They’ve got a fevah, and the only prescription is more cowbell jihad.

Christien on March 14, 2012 at 6:21 PM

this is what the vanguard of Egyptian democracy Religion of Peace is up to.

kirkill on March 14, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I liked the guy who was wearing bread for a hemet.

sharrukin on March 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

On second thought, he’s a Breadhead from the Grateful Dead in Egypt 1978.

Christien on March 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

“They’ll end up pushing for war because that’s all they’ll have to offer.”

“YUUUUP!”

Isn’t it always the way of the Tyrants when the people are screaming for food and justice…

… blame “the devil” that is causing all the problems in the world, and rally the people to go fight “the devil”.

Seven Percent Solution on March 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

However, it is not unlikely that the Egyptian military would say “you want us to do what!?“.

OldEnglish on March 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

On second thought, he’s a Breadhead from the Grateful Dead in Egypt 1978.

Christien on March 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Heh.

There are more of them here…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353166/Egypt-protests-Violence-continues-Egypt-protesters-streets-10th-day.html

sharrukin on March 14, 2012 at 6:28 PM

You all do realize that if, if we had actually worked on fully developing our own domestic energy resources just a decade ago we could all sit back right now and be entertained by various nations and factions led by the so-called religion of peace simply kill each other off.

But around the time of 9-11 we were all told by our liberal friends that it would take ten years to get any of the oil on line and to the gas pumps, and the poor Arctic mud-swallow might become endangered, and the oceans would rise and all of mankind would perish because we would deign to drill on our own land for our own oil.

Kinda wish we had done the right thing a decade ago, instead of trying to be nice and bipartisan and crap.

It’d be entertaining watching a lot of these religion of peace types simply slaughter each other and us playing no part at all in any of it.

coldwarrior on March 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM

(arab) springtime for hitler and germany?

obama’s biggest folly ridding mubarak and keeping ahmadinejad in power

talk about mistaken priorities.

wholefoodsrepublican on March 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

As I said yesterday on another thread, no one is discussing the possibility of Israel using its nuclear arsenal against Iran.

It will happen when they realize there is no alternative! They will be castigated by everyonebut at least they will be alive to hear it!

honsy on March 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Being a US citizen, I’m not sure if this is good news or not. It can never be a good thing to be the number 1 enemy of an entire country of retards.

BobMbx on March 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

My enemies are those who hate me, not those who I hate.

AnotherOpinion on March 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

The foreign policy folks in the Obozo Administration are either diabolically clever Marxist revolutionaries or had Moe, Larry, and Curly as their professors at Harvard and Yale. Can’t figure out which – leaning towards the Three Stooges School of Diplomacy.

jclittlep on March 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

These are Obama’s people. These are Obama’s allies. Do we need to know anything more about the universe of Obama’s thought?

tom daschle concerned on March 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM

The only way the Israel/Islamic relationship can change is if BOTH sides can find a leader who can admit their own mistakes and faults, and change the policies, if not actions which cause the differences between both sides.

This is also true of U.S./Arab relations but in a much different context.

The overly emotional war mongers here in America will never let us trust, say Iran, ever again. I don’t agree with that idea anymore. I really do think we can “resolve” our differences if we’d just try. The problem is that people in power would rather use our differences to keep us divided to secure more power and resources. But it’s all in their head. When Israel strikes Iran, pulling the U.S. into another war.. Iran will throw everything it has at Israel. Allies of Iran and Israel will go to war for a 3rd World War involving China and Russia.

All for what? Because of unfounded fear of Iran getting a nuke. The truth is, the establishment does not want Iran to get a nuke because then Iran can defend themselves from the U.S. and Israel. I am almost to the point of hoping Iran really does get nukes, if it’s only to stop another world war. Why can’t/won’t we go to war with Pakistan for hiding Bin Laden? They have nukes. If having nukes stops wars, then perhaps all nations should acquire them? This would require that EVERY war, ANY nation enters is COMPLETELY and TOTALLY necessary. “Have no other choice”. As all wars should be.

fatlibertarianinokc on March 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

You’re apt to get the same sort of lunatics in power there as in Cairo.

The motion is largely symbolic, because only the ruling military council can make such decisions, and it is not likely to impact Egypt’s relations with Israel.

Hint: it isn’t the Islamist that are the lunatics in charge of Egypt.

Count to 10 on March 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on March 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

You really should do something about that residual soviet indoctrination that you have internalized.

Count to 10 on March 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

However, it is not unlikely that the Egyptian military would say “you want us to do what!?“.

OldEnglish on March 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

These are more or less just fools in the court of the military rulers. I expect that they were planning on this kind of sound and fury.

Count to 10 on March 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Count on everything Obama does to be exactly opposite of what is right. (Some people think this is exaggerating, but it is not)

He is doing it on purpose.

scotash on March 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

The junta runs the country, much to the Islamists’ dismay, and the junta’s also the guarantor of the cold peace with Tel Aviv.

The capital of Israel is Jerusalem

daddytype on March 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Oh please, Egypt, do declare war on us. We’d love to retake the Sinai, the incredibly profitable oil wells that are found there, and have direct access once again to the Suez Canal.

But, you know, we’re building out a new freight rail line between Eilat and Ashdod so that multinational corporations can have another option on shipping their wares from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. When that happens, the price of transit through the Suez Canal will dive. So we don’t really need the Suez. But those resorts at Sharm al-Sheikh look really nice!

Cheers,
Israel.

solatic on March 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

When we warned from Israel over the ouster of Mubarak the smart diplomacy crowd called us crazy. Yet, even the Saudis were with us.

Now more than ever we are warning about Iran, and the smart diplomacy set is calling us crazy.. Yet even the Saudis are with us.

We’re not crazy. When the shiite hits the fan don’t say we didn’t warn you. Instead take our advice, buy canned goods. Obama’s presidency will be recorded by history as one of the most disastrous for America on the world stage. The ramifications will be with you for decades. just as unfortunate, we will be stuck with it for decades too.

saus on March 14, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Too bad we can’t just launch one of them first-born death-plagues like in the “Ten Commandments” movie. Yep, I sure wish we had one of them.

I would however be up for a Third Crusade. Now that would be somethin!

Buck Turgidson on March 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

WTF is he wearing??

royzer on March 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM

The important thing to keep in mind is that just as in the middle ages, the Muslim aggressor isn’t only interested in the Holy Land– they want the entire West to fall.

ChicagoJewishGuy on March 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Funny how Obama was all over Mubarak to stop his brutal ways! and cease his tyrannical moves! and vacate his office immediately!

But, now that a far worse gang is in power, thanks to his pressuring, Barry’s turned as silent as an alum-eating giraffe.

profitsbeard on March 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Those long yellow things they’re wearing would make fine makeshift nooses.

Wolfmoon on March 15, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Mubarak definitely had his faults, but he was one of the few honest Arab leaders in the world. Your word meant something to him; his word meant something to him…

He supported us both times we launched wars in Iraq and 100% in regards to ridding the world of Islamic Jihadism. And now we’ve got islamists hell bent on their third war in fifty years versus Israel, who has sought nothing but peace and friendship during it all.

timbok on March 15, 2012 at 2:00 AM

All for what? Because of unfounded fear of Iran getting a nuke.

fatlibertarianinokc on March 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The fear isn’t unfounded. Ignore the rhetoric of Iran’s leaders and consider the map. Iran has the worst neighbours of any country on the planet and some genuine security concerns that could make the possession of nuclear weapons seem like a very sensible idea to them. However the Iranian government is also dominated by people whose role model is the Barbarian of Arabia. They are paranoid, aggressive, and appear to be less rational than the average politician.

If Iran acquires even one nuclear weapon then it is likely Saudi Arabia and Iraq will also want them — neither country is a friend of Iran and both also follow the Barbarian of Arabia in their own special ways.

If Iran acquires nuclear weapons then neighbouring Pakistan, already nuclear armed, might deem an upgrade to be prudent. If Pakistan upgrades then India will get twitchy and will likely upgrade too. If India upgrades then China will get twitchy. If China upgrades, half the sentient world is likely to feel a bit twitchy.

YiZhangZhe on March 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

fatlibertarianinokc on March 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Don’t think I’ve ever seen a more concise example of complete ignorance of world events than this post. I can literally see what’s left of your intellect circling the drain.

Just awesome.

Anti_anti on March 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM