What's a little arms smuggling between friends ? Mubarak 'thanks' Sharon on behalf of PA
From snake to dhimmi: Sharon praises Mubarak in Arab 'Der Sturmer'
MIM: Now that another US funded Egyptian Israeli lovefest is underway, Mubarak has decided that a cheap way of showing his subjects that he is getting concessions from Israel is to order the press to refrain from showing Sharon (and Peres) as snakes and portray him as a useful dhimmi . On the same day the Sharon interview was published, (in which the Israeli PM groveled and gushed about Mubarak and Abbas's attempts to make peace) - arms smugglers from Egypt were shot as they tried to bring weapons to the PA (Paid Assassins) in Gaza.
2 arms smugglers shot wounded near Egyptian border
IDF soldiers shot and wounded two suspected Palestinian arm smugglers who attempted to enter the Gaza Strip by jumping over the security barrier between Israel and Egypt overnight Saturday.
The two were taken to a Gaza hospital for treatment.
Earlier in the evening, soldiers spotted and arrested a third suspect who crossed over from Egypt.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005 / 9 Adar 5765
Egypt to patrol Phladelphi smuggling route
MIM: Prime Dhimmi Sharon is rewarded by Mubarak with this 'puff piece' in the Arab 'Der Sturmer' for letting Egypt over see terrorists arms smuggling into Gaza.
Mubarak promotes a gentler Sharon
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon granted an interview Thursday night to an Egyptian newspaper that two-and-a-half years ago depicted a Star of David made out of two snakes whose heads were those of Sharon and Shimon Peres.
The interview with Al-Ahram – which for years has been viciously anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-Sharon, but which recently has toned down its attacks – appeared Saturday.
The request to grant the interview came, according to sources in Jerusalem, from the "very highest" echelons in Egypt.
According to diplomatic officials, the interview in Al-Ahram was part of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's attempt to change the public perceptions of both Sharon and Israel in Egypt to pave the way for closer relations.
Sharon, for his part, praised Mubarak in the two-hour Hebrew interview, which was conducted in Sharon's office in Jerusalem by one of the paper's reporters in Gaza.
Al-Ahram has an estimated 10 million readers, and is considered one of the most important and influential newspapers in the Arab world. "There are excellent relations between me and President Mubarak, which are going forward," Sharon said.
The interview, the first Sharon has granted to a newspaper in the Arab world, "is part of the warming-up of relations with Egypt," one official in his office said.
The depiction of the Star of David as a snake was only one example of the virulently anti-Semitic content that has appeared in the paper.
Other examples include a 2002 cartoon showing the picture of a religious Jew, an Israeli tank and a dog-headed Israeli soldier under the heading, "Pawns of the Devil" and an editorial later that year that read: "The Jews act like thieves in the night and strive to destroy the societies in which they live. They are the offspring of snakes whose external characteristics are conspicuous: they are short and have hooked noses."
Sharon said in the interview that Egypt was doing more than in the past to stop arms smuggling into Gaza. Egypt is expected to deploy some 750 troops along the border within the next couple of months.
"If the smuggling stops, it would please me a great deal to withdraw from this place," Sharon said, in a reference to the Philadelphi Route. "If this movement succeeds, we can certainly discuss the deployment of forces such as those Egyptian border guards along the whole length of the border to Eilat," he said.
Sharon repeated what he has told Israeli and international audiences on numerous occasions in the past, but which has not filtered into the Arab press where he is often depicted as a warmonger: That he understood the cost of war and was willing to make painful concessions for the sake of real peace, but not when it came to Israel's security.
Sharon said his participation in all of Israel's wars meant he believed and understood the importance of peace better than other politicians who talked about peace but didn't have his experience. It was important, he said, that his generation took responsibility for pushing the peace process forward.
Sharon said a Palestinian state was possible, but only if the Palestinians realized that terrorism would not be the vehicle for such a state. Asked if the state would be realized during his term in office, Sharon responded by saying that he had no intention of leaving office in the near term.
He said he had the impression that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was ready to reach calm, security and a settlement. In this, he said, Egypt's role was very important.
The real dangers Abbas faced, Sharon said, were Syria, Hizbullah and Iran, which he said were the center of regional terrorism.
Sharon said Syria was a problem for the whole region because it provided training and refuge to Iraqi and Palestinian terrorists. He said he hoped Syria would one day make efforts to stop terrorism, and then it could sit down with Israel and each side could put its demands on the table.
Sharon also said that he gave orders following the Sharm e-Sheikh summit two weeks ago to coordinate the Gaza disengagement plan with the PA to ensure the Israeli withdrawal from the strip was calm. He said he also wanted to ensure that the areas Israel withdrew from were handed over to the PA and did not fall into the hands of terror organizations such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.
Sunday, March 27, 2005