by Doug Book, staff writer
Is the Gaza cease fire agreed to by Benjamin Netanyahu based on a lie told the PM by Barack Obama?
Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi should be forever beholding to Barack Hussein Obama. After all, Obama’s calculated ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarek gave Morsi the job of ruling the Middle East’s most populous nation. And ruling is the right word as Morsi has granted himself both dictatorial power and immunity from prosecution by Egypt’s courts.
I “may take the necessary actions and measures to protect the country and the goals of the revolution,” writes the Egyptian president in Article 6 of his power grab decree. Morsi also becomes the “Sovereign of the State” who can “claim exception against all rules.” (There exists a similar situation in the United States, though it has yet to be put in writing.) (1)
Fortunately, no one in Egypt needs worry about the true intentions of their self-appointed pharaoh. After all, Morsi has assured Egyptians that his new dictatorship is only a temporary state of affairs “until a new constitution can be drafted and a new parliament elected.” As a dedicated member of the Muslim Brotherhood, surely he can be taken at his word!
But upon release of his decree on Egyptian television, protests and rioting began throughout the nation. For although Morsi won the “democratically held” election earlier this year, even the massive voter fraud reportedly engineered by the Muslim Brotherhood could only provide the new president a very narrow margin of victory over the competition.
So why would Morsi agree to the placement of United States soldiers in Egypt’s Sinai region? After all he’ll win few Egyptian friends by inviting American troops into the country and certainly none among his Muslim Brotherhood peers. Yet according to Israel’s Debka, during a conversation with P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu, “Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in the Egyptian Sinai next week,” that is, yesterday or today! And Obama obviously needed Morsi’s permission to do so. In fact it was only this promise which convinced Netanyahu to accept the cease fire as Obama guaranteed American soldiers would halt the smuggling of arms through Sinai to Hamas in Gaza. (2)
But did Obama lie to Netanyahu? According to Egypt’s Daily News “there is no truth to what has been published on Israeli websites on plans for the deployment of US troops in the Sinai as part of the ceasefire agreement in Gaza between Hamas and Israel.” Is this statement by the Egyptian armed forces true? Did Netanyahu lie about what he was told by Obama? (3)
Clearly, something is going on here. Debka is not the sort of news provider to make up a story, least of all one of such import. Would Obama lie? That question answers itself. But what would he hope to gain unless it be time for Hamas to replenish its stock of weapons through the usual smuggling routes in the Sinai? Naturally this would necessitate a prior agreement between Obama and Morsi, indicating the sort of intrigue and betrayal of which both are certainly capable.
This will be a very interesting story to watch during the coming days. For it’s a safe bet that Barack Obama is more concerned with keeping Mohamed Morsi’s friendship and cooperation than Benjamin Netanyahu’s!