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    Is Egypt going to perish in the Red Sea once more?

    By: Tony Altit




    It appears that the 1979 EgyptIsrael Peace Treaty is on a very thin tread. Are the Muslims brotherhood trying to manipulate the peace treaty? Are they going to succeed?  is Egypt still interested in peace? I think so. I think that the majority of the Egyptians love the peace with Israel and are afraid to speak up due to the dictators trying to rule and run their country.  Fanatic Muslims extremist with hatred towards the west and Israel will and are supporting terrorist attacks from the Egyptians border on to the Israelis territories, in order to manipulate and destroy the peace treaty since 1979.


    It's June 18, 2012,  Militants crossed from Egypt’s turbulent Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel on Monday and opened fire on civilians building a border security fence, defense officials said. One of the Israeli workers was killed, and two assailants died in a gun-battle with Israeli troops responding to the attack.

    TO BE CONTINUED........



    The bilble, The Song of the Sea (Exodus 15), is where God’s Victory Over the Egyptians in the Red Sea (15:1-12). What God had done for Israel by drowning the Egyptians in the Red Sea (vss. 1-12);


    What God will therefore surely do for Israel in the future (vss. 13-21).


    The 400 years of the Israelites’ oppression in Egypt which God had foretold Abraham (Gen. 15:13-15) has now ended, fulfilled precisely, to the very day (Exod. 12:40-41).155 The affliction of the Israelites was noted by the God who had covenanted with Abraham to bless him through his offspring and to bring them out of bondage into the land of Canaan. Sending Moses to Pharaoh, God forced this reluctant ruler to release the Israelites through the ten plagues wrought by the hand of Moses. The death of every firstborn male of the Egyptians moved them to urge the Israelites to leave their midst, providing them with gifts of the best of Egypt (Exod. 12:31-36). After the Israelites, Pharaoh and his officials had second thoughts, and with the report which led them to believe that the Israelites were wandering about, lost in the wilderness, they pursued them, up to and even into the Red Sea, where they were destroyed as the waters of the sea returned to their place (Exod. 13:17–14:31).



    The tenuous nation of Israel stands on alert and the brink of despair. All is quiet. Only a recognized entity for 19 years, the country faces not one, but four well supplied enemies. Outnumbered and under equipped, government estimates of causalities range from 10,000 to total annihilation. The day is June 5th, 1967.


    Opposing the small nation is a sizable coalition of forces, supported and supplied primarily by the USSR and Britain. This combined army stands strong at roughly 465,000 troops, 2,880 tanks and 900 aircraft compared to Israel's 264,000 soldiers (of which 200,000 are reservists), 800 tanks, and 300 aircraft. (Israeli History, Six Day War). Days before the war, President Nasser of Egypt declares “The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are poised on the borders of Israel...to face the challenge, while standing behind us are the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the whole Arab nation. This act will astound the world. Today they will know that the Arabs are arranged for battle, the critical hour has arrived. We have reached the stage of serious action and not declarations” (Liebler, p. 60)


    Israel's one hope, its allies the United States and Britain, stay out of the conflict in both military might and support due to conflicting interests in the middle east and the stigma of the Vietnam war. To make this clear to the world, the US state department declares "Our position is neutral in thought, word and deed" (AP, June 5, 1967). Planning for the worst case scenario, Israel begins to convert its national parks into mass burial grounds and school children dig sand to protect their homes. The UN removes its troops from the Sinai and Israel stands alone.


    This tense moment leads up to ones more & of the most amazing victories even perpetrated. Yes Israel Won. I mean after all ISRAEL means, (Hebrew: יִשְׂרָאֵל,  Yisraʾel; "Struggled with God"). Did you read that? "Struggled with God". I don't know about you, but... I rather be God's friend.



    So once again the Egyptians blood boil, and the Yom Kippur War, (Hebrew: מלחמת יום הכיפורים‎ Milẖemet Yom HaKipurim; Arabic: حرب أكتوبر‎ ḥarb ʾUktōbar), also known as the 1973 Arab–Israeli War and not to mention the Fourth Arab–Israeli War since 1948, was fought from October 6 to 25, 1973, between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt. But Israel won once again.



    Three terrorists were reportedly responsible for the attack on a group of Israelis working on constructing a fence along the Israeli-Sinai border to keep out terrorists and African asylum seekers. Authorities said the attack was similar to one last August from the Sinai that killed eight Israelis near the southern Israeli resort of Eilat. “Sinai has become a no-man’s land for smuggling and carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel in the last year and a half,” said Avi Dichter, a former minister of Internal Security and director of the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic counterintelligence and internal security agency.


    “I believe the new regime in Egypt will have a strong interest in blocking terror attacks from the Sinai because they are against Egyptian interests,” Dichter said, adding that they “will continue to turn a blind eye to smuggling [weapons] from Sinai into the Gaza Strip.”


    Mean while, Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood quickly declared himself the presidential victor just hours after the polls closed. But Mara Revkin, editor of Egyptsource, a blog that has been following the turmoil in Egypt since last year’s ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, said the election results are likely to be so close that whoever loses will challenge them.


    After the terror attack Monday, Israel sent two tanks to the border in violation of the Israel-Egyptian Peace Treaty of 1979, according to Yoram Meital, chairman of the Herzog Center for Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University.


    “The peace treaty limits the number of weapons and troops each is allowed to have along the border,” he said. “No tanks or rockets or helicopters or air fighters are allowed.” But he noted that Egyptian officials remained silent after the cross-border gun battle.




    No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which underscored the growing lawlessness in the Sinai desert since longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled by a popular uprising last year. Military spokeswoman Lt. Col Avital Leibovich said the assailants have not been identified but acknowledged that defense officials suspected Palestinian militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, which also borders the Sinai desert in that same area, might have been involved.

    Several hours after the attack, an Israeli airstrike killed two men riding a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border. The Islamic Jihad militant group said the men were members on a “reconnaissance” mission and vowed revenge. Military officials said the incident was not connected to the earlier infiltration from Egypt.

    Israeli security officials have grown increasingly anxious about the security situation in the Sinai since Mubarak’s ouster. Continued political turmoil in Egypt, weak policing in the Sinai and tough terrain have all encouraged Islamic militant activity in the area. The mountainous desert now harbors an array of militant groups, including Palestinian extremists and al-Qaida-inspired jihadists, Egyptian and Israeli security officials say. The tumultuous situation surrounding Egyptian elections, in which Islamic groups made a strong showing, has added to Israeli unease.


    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Army Radio that there has been “a worrisome deterioration of Egyptian control” over the Sinai. Barak said he expected the winner of this week’s presidential elections in Egypt to honor the country’s international obligations – an apparent reference to Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood has said it would respect the historic peace accord but that it would also seek modifications.


    Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz, a former defense minister and military chief, said he hoped Israel could conduct a security dialogue with the Egyptians and demand more forceful policing in the Sinai.


    “No doubt Sinai has become a security problem,” Mofaz told Army Radio. “Today’s incident ratchets it up a notch.”

    There was no immediate comment from Egypt on the attack.

    Following Mubarak’s ouster, Israel stepped up construction of a security fence across the 230-kilometer (150-mile) border with Egypt in a bid to keep out both militants and illegal migrants from Africa. The government has said it expects the fence to be completed by the end of the year.


    In Monday’s attack, two civilian vehicles carrying construction workers were driving toward the security fence when militants activated a roadside bomb and opened light arms and anti-tank fire at them, said Leibovich, the military spokeswoman.

    One of the vehicles was struck and turned over into a nearby ditch, killing one worker, she said. Israeli troops rushed to the area and engaged in a gunbattle with the militants. One militant, who was carrying a large explosive device, blew up, she said. Another militant, and possibly two others, also died, but other gunmen may have escaped back into Egypt, she said.


    The militants were carrying camouflage uniforms, flak jackets, helmets and assault rifles, she said. There was no word on their identities or membership in any of a wide range of armed groups.


    Leibovich said Israelis living in five small communities in the area were instructed to lock themselves inside their homes, and two major southern roads were closed to civilian traffic while troops scoured the area for other militants. The military later concluded no other gunmen were in the area.


    Israel had been bracing for the possibility of more attacks from the Sinai after two rockets believed fired from there struck southern Israel over the weekend, though Leibovich said it was unclear whether the two events were related.


    The magnitude of the growing threat from Sinai was driven home last August, when gunmen from Sinai infiltrated Israel and ambushed vehicles on a desert highway, killing eight Israelis. Six Egyptians were killed in Israel’s subsequent hunt for the militants, causing a diplomatic crisis between the two neighbors that ended with an Israeli apology.

    The deadly August attack shattered decades of calm along the frontier area, prompting officials on both sides of the border to examine security arrangements and pushing Israel to speed up construction of the border fence.


    As part of its landmark first peace treaty with an Arab state, Israel agreed in 1979 to return the Sinai, captured in the 1967 Mideast war, to Egypt, but insisted the vast desert triangle separating Asia from Africa be significantly demilitarized. As the frontier area grew more volatile following Mubarak’s ouster, Israel allowed thousands more Egyptian troops to police the area and has beefed up its own military deployment along the border.

    The reinforced security deployment has not quieted the Sinai, however, and democratic elections for parliament and president did not resolve the instability in Egypt, which has Israel worried about the future of the 1979 peace accord.


    The ruling Egyptian military dissolved the newly elected parliament and assumed sweeping powers subordinating the president and ensuring their hold on the state. The Muslim Brotherhood, which declared early Monday that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won this week’s presidential election, has challenged the military’s power grab, raising the prospect of a power struggle between Egypt’s two strongest forces.



    Are we going to witness God's hand at work? Again? What is hold no one knows, we can not see. But mean while only human assumptions and history help fills the missing blanks. Moses who had suffered murmuring in the hands of the Israelites which cost Him the Promised Land he worked for 120 years (Numbers 20:11 and 12), here gives them the assurance that what God did before He will do again.  So, I guess this was a kind of re – assurance of God’s ever presence and willingness to fight for His people once again.


    It's scary how it's seems that history repeat it's self again. The curtain went down and it was dark for a long time. But then, just then, the curtain started to go up again and the same show started again, but only with a different background and time, however the same actors.


    As an American, I believe in freedom. I believe in forgivness, In liberty and justice for ALL. I stand with Israel, so the lord shell stand with America as well. We needs it…..

                                                               "WE THE PEOPLE"

    Ti'll next time

    Tony Altit.

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