December 22, 2003

AND THEY THINK THEY SHOULD CONTROL JERUSALEM?:

Egypt's foreign minister attacked in Jerusalem (Harvey Morris, December 22 2003, Financial Times)

Ahmed Maher, the Egyptian foreign minister, was taken to an Israeli hospital on Monday night after being attacked by Palestinians during a visit to Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque. Eyewitnesses said he had been praying at Islam's third holiest site after holding talks with Ariel Sharon, prime minister.

He's lucky he wasn't attacked by Israelis.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 22, 2003 1:43 PM
Comments

An Israeli hospital?
Just something about all of this that seems somehow surreal.

Posted by: M. at December 22, 2003 5:40 PM

The Israeli police helped his bodyguards hustle him out of the mosque after he was assaulted.

Wonder if Mubarak will cut the Palestinians off now? Wouldn't that be delicious?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 22, 2003 8:38 PM

Wouldn't count on it. Probably blame Israel for allowing the scuffle to happen.

Egypt is playing quite a remarkable game here. It presents itself as a promoter of peaceful dialogue between Israel and Palestinians, even as its policies are purely obstructionist, its press is virulently anti-Israel and (I suppose one would have to say, coincidentally) anti-Semitic, and it doesn't seem to want to notice very much of the systematic and substantial weapons smuggling occurring between the north eastern corner of Egyptian-controlled Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

Nor does it miss an opportunity to bash Israel diplomatically.

Add this to the fact that the US has been training the Egyptian armed forces and has armed Egypt to the teeth with some very sophisticated weaponry, and you have a Pandora's Box with a very rusty lock in a volatile earthquake zone.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 23, 2003 2:01 AM
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