Democracy in Egypt: Terror in the Sinai

Grad rocket being inspected in Eilat

The Arab Spring revolution gave Egypt Democracy and support from the Obama administration.  The Muslim Brotherhood has been at the White House this week to discuss their upcoming rule after elections:

White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt’s presidential election.

The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National Security Council staff was part of a series of US efforts to broaden engagement with new and emerging political parties following Egypt’s revolution last year, a US official said.

“We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.


Although Egypt is denying this report, a Grad rocket launched from the Sinai has hit the Israelli city of Eilat:

Rocket fired from Egypt hits Israeli city of Eilat

A Grad rocket has landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, but has caused no damage or injuries, Israeli security officials said. District police chief Ron Gertner told Israeli radio the rocket had been fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. He said it struck a construction site close to a residential area shortly after midnight (21:00 GMT). The blast took place as thousands congregated in the resort town for the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Rocket attacks from Egyptian soil are uncommon. Attacks on Eilat and the nearby Jordanian town of Aqaba in 2010 killed one person and injured another four.


The Israeli reaction from Netanyahu:

Speaking at ceremony marking 40 years since Sabena hijacking, Netanyahu vows to strike back at those attacking Israel, says Sinai has become a “terror zone”.

The president must temper any Middle East decisions on another front: the United States:


Terror cells have been placed on high alert to attack targets in the United States and Europe should Iran’s nuclear facilities be attacked, a source in the Revolutionary Guards says.

The terror cells in the U.S. are being coordinated by Quds Force personnel operating out of the Iranian Interests Section in Washington, the source says. Because Iran and the U.S. have no diplomatic relations, Iran’s Interests Section operates under the umbrella of the Pakistani embassy.

“These cells work out of safe houses where ammunition and explosives are stored, each with an operational commander who reports back to Iran,” the source says.


Or Hezbollah attacks in the United States:

From YouTube:

Reuters investigative correspondent Mark Hosenball reports that the intelligence community believes the Islamic militant group Hezbollah stands ready to hit civilian targets in the United States if Iran is attacked. (April 5, 2012)

We will see if the White House offers a response to the unfolding events in Egypt, Israel, Iran and Syria. In the meantime:

David DeGerolamo

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