The toppling of President Mubarak in Egypt is now turning up the heat on Cairo’s gas supply deal with Israel. Egyptian officials are probing allegations the agreement was a scam, orchestrated by the Mubarak family. Cairo’s reportedly considering raising gas export prices to Israel – or even suspending supplies altogether.
News of the Rafah border crossing opening has brought a sense of renewed possibility for Palestinians. People are relieved and excited that all women and children as well as men over the age of 40 will now be allowed to leave Gaza via the Rafah crossing in Egypt.
In 2006 during the invasion of Lebanon by the illegal Zionist entity, the then Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice had described the plight of Lebanon as “the birth pangs of a new Middle East”. Fast forward to 2011, she didn’t know how right she was….although it is in a totally different vision from what the neo-cons and the Zionist supporters back in the United States had for the Middle East.
Isn’t it unsurprising that an apartheid regime would want to do its best to keep a dying dictatorial regime in power? ‘Nuff said.
Israel arms Egypt against protesters
Reports say Israel has sent crowd dispersal weapons to the Egyptian regime to curb massive protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years of authoritarian rule.
The International Network for Rights and Development said that three Israeli planes landed at Cairo’s Mina International Airport on Saturday, carrying equipment for use in dispersing and suppressing large crowds, a Press TV correspondent reported.
According to the report, Egyptian security forces received the cargo on three Israeli planes, which were allegedly carrying a large supply of internationally proscribed gas to disperse crowds.
Egyptians have taken to the streets across the country for eight days running, demanding that Mubarak step down.
The uprising has prompted Mubarak to appoint his first-ever vice president and a new prime minister in a desperate attempt to retain power.
But his response has, so far, failed to appease angry demonstrators, who have vowed to remain on the streets until Mubarak’s resignation.
The unprecedented protests have sparked concerns over a possible energy crisis in Israel given the prospects of a new, Islamic government in Egypt, which supplies some 40 percent of Israel’s natural gas.
The Egyptian capital Cairo was the scene of violent chaos on Friday, when tens of thousands of anti-government protesters stoned and confronted police, who fired back with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons. It was a major escalation in what was already the biggest challenge to authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-rule. They are demanding Mubarak’s ouster and venting their rage at years of government neglect of rampant poverty, unemployment and rising food prices.