Monday, August 22, 2011

Glenn Beck and Christian Supporters: Love for Israel; Egypt: Building War Hysteria

By Barry Rubin

The first event in Glenn Beck’s series of events in support of Israel was an outstanding success, though walking through a minefield of sensitivities. Held in the historic Roman-build coliseum in Caesarea, the program mixed Christian and Jewish themes—stressing the commonality of world views and spiritual values....

The call for support of Israel comes at a critical moment. In addition to the terrorist attack on the Egypt-Israel border and a foiled kidnapping attempt in Bersheva, more than 100 rockets struck Israel over the weekend. Three longer-range Grad missiles were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome system which passed its first series test in combat conditions.

At an emergency meeting of the Israeli parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, committee, Shaul Mofaz, a retired general and the number-two leader of the center-left Kadima Party, called for Israel to hit Hamas hard in order to "topple their infrastructures and create a system of ties with Egypt in order to prevent terrorism coming from its border."...

Within Egypt the old anti-Israel hysteria is building again. An Egyptian who took down the flag from Israel’s embassy—located in an ordinary apartment building—has become a national hero. Speaking live on al-Jazira television, he said, "Millions of Arabs want to pull that flag….This is a message to Israel that we can send millions of martyrs for the good of our country," he said. A mob burned the flag, chanting, "The path to Jerusalem leads through Cairo."

<a>One “liberal” activist remarked,</a> “After the revolution people don't believe there should be concessions to an apartheid regime and what he did was take action in reshaping the official stance."...

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