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April 28th, 2009
10:30 AM ET

Iran's new target: Egypt

Abdel Monem Said Aly
The Wall Street Journal

On April 8, Egypt announced it had uncovered a Hezbollah cell operating inside its borders. This startling pronouncement offers a rare insight into the way Iran and its proxies are manipulating Middle East politics.

According to Egyptian authorities, the cell was tasked with planning attacks against tourist sites in Sinai, conducting surveillance on strategic targets including the Suez Canal, and funneling arms and money to Hamas. Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has admitted that the ringleader of the cell was indeed a member of his organization to provide "logistical support to help the Palestinian brothers in transporting ammunition and individuals."

These latest actions by an emboldened Hezbollah have been spurred on by Iran, which is seeking to further its quest for power in the Arab Middle East. In the past six months, there have been irrefutable signs of Iran's determined effort to sabotage Egypt's attempts at regional stability. At Tehran's instigation, Hamas rejected the renewal of the six-month, Egypt-brokered cease-fire last summer between it and Israel. This rejection led to the Gaza war in December. At the height of that war, Mr. Nasrallah called on the people of Egypt and its army to march on the city of Rafah to open the border to Gaza by force, a highly inflammatory appeal aimed at causing insurrection.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Cory H - IA

    I think someone needs to go and cough or sneeze on the Iranian President

    April 28, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  2. RoseParvin

    I believe Egypt for the sociopath does not have any boundary & one of the patterns on teaching toward Leadership Excellence is Boundary! They see another's posession and land as their own & have no conscience to assess the consequences of what they do or say on others. That is why we have such a world of war & violence versus peace & progression for even having the knowledge is not enough & what is important is the skilled counselor to change patterns of sociopathy for 99 percent of the skilled therapist do not recognize sociopaths & their charm of simplesity which is their hardheadedness & limitation of the mind & complexity which is doing whatever it takes to possess what they want & to control it!

    April 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  3. Terry, TX

    "U.S. administration will have to contend with a right-wing Israeli government that has yet to subscribe to the principle of a two-state solution in defiance of international consensus. It will also have to press Israel to halt its illegal settlement activity"...

    ....and what will the Arab Muslim Islamic Terrorist do....quit sending bombs to Israel...quit invading other countries with suicide children and psycopath to target civilians in markets, mosques, elections, children, mothers and fathers...quit running planes and killing 3,000 innocents, quit killing women and men who cheat on their spouses, flogging women for cheating, giving their little girls to perverted men in marriage...on and on.

    You have a bigger problem than a right wing Israeli government...you need to get the bad guys out of the dark ages...and off the planet of this earth, you need a separation of church and state...the so called "moderate" muslims need to stand up and scream that they even exist...to me their silence indicates approval.

    April 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  4. Patricia Taylor

    Hi Anderson - Mubarrak continues to hold the peace with Israel. Remember the Camp David agreements? My engineer husband (now deceased) built the peace keeping camps in the Sinai working with the Multinational Forces and Observers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We knew how much the Saudis hated the agreement. When we lived in Saudi was when Sadat went to Israel. One night, an Egyptian friend was beaten badly by Saudis in Riyadh. Pres. Sadat thumbed his nose at the Saudis and all the Arab world when he went to Israel. He did it for his people. He knew he would pay with his life. Why would we believe anything the Saudis say? When I worked on Capitol Hill in the 80s, the Saudi embassy was consistently putting out slick info and inviting staff to elaborate parties. Hezbollah, bin Ladin, Riyadh, Teheran all have the same agenda when it comes to the Egyptian peace with Israel. Beware of shifting winds....

    April 28, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  5. Mike in NYC

    Egypt is run by a corrupt, ossified regime that understandably sees Iran as a threat to the US-dominated order of which it is an integral part.

    Hezbollah is on a political roll right now, with expanding Western contacts and a fractured domestic opposition, which is why I would tend to discount most of the Egyptians' charges. Like their Iranian allies, they are shrewd and patient. Why would Hezbollah uselessly destroy political capital when most indications are that they will effectively dominate Lebanese politics after the elections this June?

    April 28, 2009 at 11:09 am |