Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Egyptian justice minister: Israel destroying the revolution, planned to smuggle Mubarak out of Egypt

Anti-Israel incitement continues in post-revolution-"democratic" Egypt. The Egyptian paper Al-Wafd quotes Egypt's justice minister Abd al-Aziz al-Jundi as saying (auto-translation here, Hebrew here) at a political conference that Israel planned to smuggle Mubarak out of Egypt. He also accused Israel of "trying to create anarchy and civil war in Egypt" by paying thugs to sow violence and disorder in the country. He went on to say that "Israel wants to destroy the revolution and is also trying to destroy Egyptian society and harm the state's security by sending thugs. People who are in contact with elements outside the country, including Israel, are behind the latest violent events in Egypt" he said. According to him it all started after Netanyahu's speech.

This is in contradiction with what another Egyptian paper reported:

According to Rose al-Yousef, an Egyptian weekly magazine, Mubarak made phone calls to US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of Mossad Tamir Pardo and several European officials in late February, but none of them offered him any support.

When Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years under direct support of the US and Israel, contacted to talk to Obama his call was disconnected, the report said.

The Egyptian dictator also called Netanyahu by a satellite mobile phone -- with a Saudi-based service provider -- to ask for his assistance, but the Israeli premier said there was nothing he could do about it.

The head of Israel's Mossad also rejected Mubarak's request, citing fears that any interference by Tel Aviv will aggravate anti-Mubarak sentiments.

According to the report, Mubarak contacted Israeli officials every one hour on a certain day, but all his calls were dropped the day after.

Other European leaders, whom Mubarak approached, reportedly gave similar responses, arguing that according to international protocols he was not the president of Egypt anymore.
So one Egyptian paper says Israel tried to help Mubarak while another says it didn't. Go figure.