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Friday, May 18, 2007

Gilad Sharon asks a good question

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Gilad Sharon asks a good question. Why does Egypt hate us? 
 
He writes:
 
The Egyptian press and the anti-Semitic cartoons published in it, as well as the curricula in schools, also reflect hatred. In Israel, this is received with forgiveness and delicacy; they are so sensitive, the Egyptians. We wouldn't want to insult them.
 
A better question, is why doesn't Israel insist on enforcing the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, which forbids incitement such as he describes? If we don't care, how can we blame the Egyptians? The Egyptian press has published articles that claim Hitler was right, and didn't finish his work. This is not only against the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. It is a violation of the international convention on genocide. Every year in October, the Egyptian government celebrates a victory holiday, commemorating its Yom Kippur war "victory." This is accompanied by vulgar incitement: cartoons of Egyptian superman trampling Jew-caricatures and the like. Israel doesn't protest against any of this, doesn't raise the issue. Israel does not demand compensation for the property of Jews expelled from Egypt in 1954 either.
 
If we do not defend our rights, if we have no respect for ourselves, how can we expect others to do so?
 
Egypt hates us because we allow ourselves to appear despicable to them.
 
Ami Isseroff
 
 
 
 
By Gilad Sharon

Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt, Egypt got all of Sinai and Israel is not threatening Egypt. What is the reason, then, for all the hatred and enmity, the arms smuggling and all the other bitterness Egypt is feeding us?
 
Let us suppose that weapons and ammunition were regularly being smuggled from the city of Eilat into Egypt, and used there in terror actions. Would anyone believe that Israel was not capable of dealing with the problem? Is what we are seeing haplessness and impotence on Egypt's part - or is it vile behavior and an intentional effort to stoke terror? Even though the first elements do exist in Egypt, in this case what we are seeing is intentional.
 
Such smuggling, or should we say weapons shipments, cannot occur without the knowledge and encouragement of Egyptian intelligence. Much testimony has been gathered that states that at the time of the recent explosion of tunnels beneath the Philadelphi Route, reverberations were heard on the Egyptian side, close to security forces' bases.
 
The hatred for Israel in Egypt is not limited to the masses. The lawyer of Israeli Azzam Azzam, a Druze man accused a decade ago of spying for Israel, has been boycotted by the Egyptian Bar Association, which purports to be an enlightened organization that represents knowledge and progress. But lo and behold, its position is that it was forbidden even to represent the Israeli. In Israel, every murderer - even the most despicable - has legal representation. But within the circles of Egypt's intelligentsia, it is prohibited to represent an Israeli.
 
The Egyptian press and the anti-Semitic cartoons published in it, as well as the curricula in schools, also reflect hatred. In Israel, this is received with forgiveness and delicacy; they are so sensitive, the Egyptians. We wouldn't want to insult them.
 
Egypt allows despicable terrorists like Hamas' Khaled Meshal to move about in its territory - terrorists whose arrest Israel would demand of any country, and indeed any properly run country would indeed arrest them. But in dictatorships like Egypt or Syria, he is allowed to move around freely. And we don't even protest this.
 
What feeds this hatred? Perhaps there is no acceptance by Egyptians of our right to live here in security. Otherwise, it is hard to explain why they are always the most hostile toward Israel in the Arab League and at the United Nations, and in the pressure they apply to Muslim countries not to establish ties with Israel. It is hard to explain Egypt's extensive military acquisitions, a country without enemies and with grave domestic problems. Why does it need an army like that? And why does that army carry out training maneuvers based on hostile scenarios vis-a-vis Israel? Why do Egyptians make it difficult to evacuate Israelis who are injured in Sinai in terror attacks or accidents?
 
This attitude does not come from identification with the Palestinians because such things were evident even in 2000, when in Israel there were people who were ready to give the Palestinians everything and they simply were not prepared to take it. Peace is a good thing, and certainly it is preferable to the alternative, but let us admit that apart from the smuggling of weapons, drugs and prostitutes, we have not received anything from Egypt.
 
Twice Egypt lost Sinai to Israel - once for a short while and once for a longer period. This was because of Egyptian aggression, and the support and encouragement the country gave the Palestinians. Now the Egyptians are sending materiel in, which is the fuel for the terror that is spilling our blood. Will they never learn?
 
Even if people read these remarks in Egypt, their intention will be misunderstood: Instead of Egyptians saying to themselves, maybe we will stop supporting harm to innocent people - they will take them as an insult. Too bad. Because that isn't the intention.
 
The author is a farmer and businessman, and a son of former prime minister Ariel Sharon.


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