US Foreign Policy Shares Responsibility by Encouraging Islamists-Jihadists in Egypt
Attacks on Israel’s Port of Eilat last week succeeded in distracting the world from Egypt’s problems and tried to delegitimize the peaceful revolution of the Egyptians against oppression. This attack is aiming to open the way for Salafists and Islamists to seize power in Egypt in the coming months, and provoking, and dragging Israel and Egypt to confrontation.
Islamists from Sinai crossed the Israeli border and assaulted the port. Conveniently enough, Israeli officials overlooked that fact and did not attack the Islamists assailants. Instead, members of Egyptian police, and Army were killed.
This is nothing new. Terrorists groups have been supported by foreign regimes. The United States, Israel, rich Arab states, and most European states provided political, financial, and military support to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist factions inside Egypt. This support included illegally transferred money and pressure on the Egyptian Supreme Military Council to help the Muslim Brotherhood in imposing Islamic Law despite opposition from the overwhelming majority of Egyptians.
To abort the revolution, Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood protested around the Israeli Embassy for days, seeking distraction from the revolution’s demands to abroad. Their call for an Egyptian-Israeli confrontation, and cutting relation, failed because they are a minority and the majority no longer trusts them. Make no mistake; the Islamists’ protest was a game. They hoped by protesting the Israelis, they would win the majority over. This was not the case.
The Islamists and Salafis declared Sinai an “Islamic Emirate.” They initiated huge terror attacks on police precincts and other government offices in Alarish, the capital city of Northern Sinai. At the same time, they took over Tahrir Square in a show off day, on July 29, 2011.
United States, Israel, European Countries, and Arab Gulf States must follow ACU and the majority of Egyptians condemn all Islamists groups and Parties for their threats of violence in establishing a theocratic state in Egypt, and their continuous attempts to impose Shariaa Laws.
However, if the United States and Israel still insist on supporting the Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood, then the majority of Egyptians will insist on opposing the United States and Israel.
It’s in the interests of both Egypt and Israel to secure Sinai and the border from being taken over by terrorists. The Egyptians and Israelis must find a way to secure Sinai as well as drastically reform the Camp David Accords of 1979.
The Camp David Accords of 1979, were bad example, and have failed to attract other countries like Syria, and Iran. After more than 30 years of “peace” between Israel and Egypt, there have been many negative outcomes. This treaty resulted in tyranny, corruption, persecution, killing, and economic strangulation on most Egyptians.
Despite repeated calls on President Obama and the US government, and Congress to use its political capital to improve human rights in Egypt, the United States has been very reluctant to do so. Even after the revolution of January 25, the Supreme Military Council has shown little support for Coptic demands such as the removal of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, which imposed Islamic Laws on the populace. The Council must establish Egyptian Language, along with Arabic, as the official languages of Egypt; prosecute those who committed crimes against Coptic Christians; compensate victims; and settle all other human rights violations.
The backwards foreign policy of the United States must change. Their continued support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis is a threat to the Copts, the majority of Egyptian people, and the interest of US in the Middle East.