Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ben Eliezer: 'Israel should start preparing for a conflict with Egypt'

All the more reason to finish off Hamas in Gaza right now, and not delay too much taking care of Iranian nuclear ambitions. As 'Sultan Knish' put it, the crumbling of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty and relations signals the end of the so called peace process. It is an unavoidable disillusion.

Ben-Eliezer: Israel, Egypt on collision course
Labor MK and close friend of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warns of Muslim Brotherhood's growing influence

Knesset Member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a close friend of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, warned that the latest developments in Egypt indicate that "over time Israel will find itself in a head-on confrontation" with its Arab neighbor.

Ben-Eliezer (Labor) told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that Israel "should start preparing for a conflict" with Egypt.

"We are in the midst of an earthquake, and I still can't see it subsiding, definitely not in the near future when elections are on the horizon (in Egypt)," Ben-Eliezer told Yedioth Ahronoth.

"Today it is clear that for the first time in history the Muslim Brotherhood will win at least a third (of the seats in parliament). Islamization is taking the place of nationalism," the MK said.

According to Ben-Eliezer, "We are in a situation whereby no one can predict how the new Egyptian leadership will look like (following elections).

"We must take into account that we may find ourselves in a confrontation with Egypt. We already have a problem in (north) Sinai - which has clearly become terrorist territory – (because we cannot operate freely there) as we do in Gaza," he said.
Ahem... cough... cough... freely operate in Gaza?! And Gaza isn't a terrorist territory?!

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