Sunday, December 30, 2012

More "Arab Spring" benefits in Egypt

It is obvious the new Egyptian government has no intention of guiding their people towards the bright white light of secularism and democracy, yet the Obama administration believes they are still allies and partners in a glorious and peaceful Middle East future.  Nothing will intrude into their fruitfly world of a moderate and peaceful Neo-Egypt, not even their cooperation with the bloodthirsty and genocidal Hezbollah.

From The Jerusalem Post December 29

'Egypt to pursue relationship with Hezbollah'

In a dramatic policy shift, Egypt will seek to forge “tight” relations with Hezbollah, Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdy revealed in a candid interview published on Saturday in the Beirut-based Daily Star.

“You cannot discuss politics in Lebanon without having a relationship with Hezbollah,” Hamdy was quoting as saying, before describing the terrorist group as a “real force on the ground” with “big political and military influence.”
Hamdy announced that Muslim-Brotherhood- dominated Egypt would begin “stretching [its] hand out in the proper, balanced way to all regional powers,” including Hezbollah, to forge “tight” contacts with Lebanon’s rulers.

Egypt-Hezbollah relations, generally strained under president Hosni Mubarak, in large part due to Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, reached rock bottom in 2008 during Israel’s Cast Lead military operation.

At that time, Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah called on Egypt, to no avail, to intervene militarily on behalf of Gaza-based Palestinians.

For its part, Egypt in the past has accused Hezbollah of operating terrorist cells in the country.

In his interview, Hamdy denied reports that Hezbollah had sent a delegation to Egypt to meet with officials from President Mohamed Morsi’s administration, but confirmed that he personally had met with members of Hezbollah’s political bureau in efforts “to understand each other better.”

“In discussions we said we want Hezbollah to remain as a political force in Lebanon,” Hamdy said.

“Resistance in the sense of defending Lebanese territory... [is] their primary role. We... think that as a resistance movement they have done a good job to keep on defending Lebanese territory, and trying to regain land occupied by Israel is legal and legitimate,” he continued.

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