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WASHINGTON – Israel is quietly working with the Egyptian military to go after Islamist militants, especially in the Sinai Peninsula, agreeing to an increase in the number of battalions the military can put there, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Outwardly, Israel wants to give the appearance of watching events on the sidelines, sources say, because of concern the Egyptian military’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood may be too violent.
But Israel was pleased to see the removal of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and the creation of a secular and moderate interim government.
It’s been low-key, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has worked with the government of interim President Adly Mansour, who was placed in power following the military coup against Morsi.
Middle East sources say Israel wants to stay behind the scenes because of concern over a backlash against it and the interim Egyptian government.
The purpose of working with Mansour and the head of the Egyptian military, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is to create a new Egyptian government with a constitution that would be absent of Islamist political parties.
Indeed, al-Sisi has announced he intends to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood, as did his military predecessors who later were to become the leaders of Egypt, such as Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak.
The 1979 Camp David Accords and peace treaty with Israel agreed to by Sadat and maintained by Murbarak have governed security in the region for more than 30 years.
In cooperation with Washington, Saudi Arabia and Jordan similarly have worked with Egypt to help ensure the security arrangement with Israel.
Now, the military wants to ensure the influence of the Islamists is eliminated. In addition to the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian military has arrested Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaida central’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Mohammad al-Zawahiri is leader of the ultra-conservative Jihadi Salafist group that maintains a hardline Islamic ideology and favors rule by Shariah law.
In effect, the military has taken back the leadership that existed before the beginning of the Arab Spring, and that’s just fine with Israel, although Washington has protested the military’s heavy-handed actions against the Muslim Brotherhood.
Once again, Washington appears conflicted publicly, although behind the scenes it is in tandem with Israel to back the Egyptian military. The outward conflict for Washington is that the Morsi government was democratically elected.
That has placed U.S. policy in the position of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, including its criticism of the military decision to put down Brotherhood demonstrations that have led to extreme violence.
As a result, Washington has suspended further financial aid to the military and canceled military exercises, something which critics say is the wrong signal to send at a time when the United States needs Egypt’s military to ensure continued passage through the Suez Canal and maintain the security agreement with Israel.
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