With Egypt turning to Russia, Western diplomats accuse Israel of 'undercutting' Obama
Violence continued in Egypt on Saturday, as the Egyptian army attempted to shut down the Muslim Brotherhood
. The Egyptians are so frustrated with the Obama administration that they are sending a diplomatic mission to Moscow
, possibly signalling the undoing of a 35-year alliance (Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers
As the situation in Egypt escalates, a source with very close ties
to the Egyptian government tells Breitbart News that the country is
preparing to send a diplomatic mission to Russia. While the Obama
Administration sends conflicting messages about the conflict, Russia,
China and Saudi Arabia have issued strong statements in support of the
government's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. America's influence in
the region is waning.
"They're terrorists," the source told Breitbart News in reference to
people protesting in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. "They have
machine guns, they have weapons...Hamas and other outside groups are
pushing guns to them. Where is America?"
Breitbart News has also learned that Russia is offering the Egyptian
government fighter jets and other military equipment. This week,
President Obama announced that the US is suspending its planned joint
military exercise with the Egyptian army. It seems the Russians are
jumping in to fill the void left by the Americans.
"Sadat threw Russia out of Egypt," the source told Breitbart News.
"Peace came from that. If Russia reenters Egypt, they reenter the
It's not just Russia, China and Saudi Arabia who are supporting the Egyptian army. The New York Times reports that Israel is quietly supporting the army as well, and that 'Western diplomats' are accusing the Jewish state of 'undercutting
' Obama's efforts to rein in the army.
The Israelis, whose military had close ties to General Sisi from his
former post as head of military intelligence, were supporting the
takeover as well. Western diplomats say that General Sisi and his circle
appeared to be in heavy communication with Israeli colleagues, and the
diplomats believed the Israelis were also undercutting the Western
message by reassuring the Egyptians not to worry about American threats
to cut off aid.
When Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, proposed an amendment
halting military aid to Egypt, the influential American Israel Public
Affairs Committee sent a letter to senators on July 31 opposing it,
saying it “could increase instability in Egypt and undermine important
U.S. interests and negatively impact our Israeli ally.” Statements from
influential lawmakers echoed the letter, and the Senate defeated the
measure, 86 to 13, later that day.
Israel has been trying to stay out of the mess in Egypt - that may soon no longer be possible, at least verbally. Haaretz reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu's cabinet had a two-hour session about Egypt
on Friday afternoon.
A senior Israeli official said that Israel's policy is to keep as low
a media profile as possible regarding Egypt. Netanyahu reiterated that
ministers and governments spokesmen should not discuss events in Egypt with the media.
Nearly 800 people have died in four days of violence, 173 just on Friday, with over 1,200 injured across the country.
You have to wonder how another President, who was not sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, would have handled this situation.... Oh wait, if there was another President in Washington, Hosni Mubarak might still have been in charge in Egypt. Looking for Obama to start blaming Israel for his utter failure in Egypt in 3...2...1....
Labels: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Egyptian army, Egyptian Revolution, Mohammed Morsy, Muslim Brotherhood, Russia