Tagged with Hamas

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

God, It is not as if this is the first time. Mutual acrimony between Israel and Hamas leads to the exchange of rockets, with deeply disproportional suffering. Now a land invasion is poised to begin. Egypt has been the historic mediator, but this time – so far – unsuccessfully. Two years ago President Morsi, whose … Continue reading

Gaza and the Right to Self-Defense

There is much wrong on both sides. The situation is complex and begs for thorough analysis. All this is granted but within this debate, here is a well-researched article from Jadaliyya exposing a false rhetoric that seems eminently logical: On the fourth day of Israel’s most recent onslaught against Gaza’s Palestinian population, President Barack Obama … Continue reading

A Security Source Speaks on the Sinai

A Security Source Speaks on the Sinai

From my recent article at Arab West Report, describing an interview with a former security officer in the Sinai, who wished to remain anonymous. In light of the current accusations leveled against the Muslim Brotherhood, his comments, issued in May 2013, are very pertinent: These known political figures, including leading Salafi-Jihadis such as ‘Adil Shahātah … Continue reading

Men on Motorcycles

Men on Motorcycles

From the New Yorker, providing an account of the dawn killings between the military and pro-Morsi protestors: Fifty-one dead at dawn. A doctor who said he preferred not to give his name lives in an apartment building that overlooks the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo. He told me he woke for the dawn prayer before … Continue reading

Diplomacy is Dead

From the New York Times: DIPLOMACY is dead. Effective diplomacy — the kind that produced Nixon’s breakthrough with China, an end to the Cold War on American terms, or the Dayton peace accord in Bosnia — requires patience, persistence, empathy, discretion, boldness and a willingness to talk to the enemy. This last point is crucial. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza

God, Above all, bring peace to Israel and Palestine. Stop rockets, stop killing, stop assassinations, and stop injustice. Allow all sides to argue over who most deserves these accusations, but draw them to a halt. As for Egypt, where these arguments are few, give wisdom to the president and political leadership on how to intervene … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rafah

  God, Once again Egypt is bloody. When manipulations are political it can be understood as the nature of politics in times of transition. Yet this manipulation is evil. Sixteen soldiers were killed on the border with Gaza, by as yet unknown assailants. Early reports blamed terrorist Islamist groups based in the Sinai. Then links … Continue reading

Taming the Islamists

A friend of mine asked me the other day what I think of this quote from the Economist: ‘The best way to tame the Islamists, as Turkey’s experience shows, is to deny them the moral high ground to which repression elevates them, and condemn them instead to the responsibilities and compromises of day-to-day government.’ For … Continue reading