Watch: Egyptian Blogger Makes Stunning Video And Now Has To Run For His Life

Egyptian blogger Sherif Gaber made headlines last week when he posted a video on his Facebook page titled: “Why do you hate Israel?”

The young Egyptian has been on the run in his country since  The Suez Canal University reported him to the authorities for setting up an anti-Islam Facebook page in 2013. This happened after he openly argued with a professor at the University during a lecture about homosexuality. A couple of months after this incident, he was arrested but was released after forty days and a $130 bail.

In February this year, Gaber decided to go into hiding after a second arrest because he feared for his life.

In the video, Gaber questions whether the Jewish immigration during the first part of the last century really was, as the Palestinians claim, ’colonization.’ He notes that Egypt was subjected to real colonization during the Muslim conquest in 640 CE when Egypt was converted to a Muslim country after being Christian (Coptic) for centuries.

Gaber also compared Israel’s success in high tech, science, and military technology to the backwardness of Arab countries and accused Arab regimes of robbing its citizens.

Gaber studied Islamic law and the history of religion until 2011, but when he watched the gruesome images of the stoning of a woman in a video on social media, he started to “wonder if Islam holds water,” he said during an interview with the Israeli news site Ynet.

Gaber says that “Israel is the best country for women in the Middle East.”

“If you’re a woman, the safest country for you in the Middle East to live in is Israel,” he asserted.

The Egyptian blogger told Ynet that the education of children in Arab countries lies at the root of the hatred of the Jewish state.

“I understood that the problem is with Arabs’ education, that for many years fed children insulting thoughts about Israel. When I started speaking with Israelis, they were better than my family. I despised myself for having hated Israel without justification.”

He concluded his video with a few thoughts about the character of the Arab-Israeli conflict that flies in the face of what many in the West still think:

“In fact, the controversy between Arabs and Israel is no longer because of the land and who deserves it; actually Arabs don’t care so much about that; all this anger and violent resentment has nothing to do with anything but envy, and deep inside that anger and hate you’d actually find great admiration of such a country.”

Via his Facebook page, Gaber maintains contacts with many Israelis who give him strength to continue with his campaign for other relations with the Jewish state. He told Ynet that he mainly receives threats from Muslims on his FB page, but Israelis sent him blessings.

He left his Israeli Facebook friends the following message:

“Be proud of yourselves Your neighbors see you as the great Satan and despite that you still manage to hold back your strength and maintain your goodness and the too-good treatment of those who wish you death.”

OUCH: World Leader Shows Obama How To Deal With ISIS… Sends A Deadly Message

As Obama seems to dither on how to treat Islamic State terrorists, others are taking the lead as America “leads from behind.” Take the sentence an Egyptian court handed out to 12 members of ISIS for plotting attacks in the Land of the Pharaohs.

Agence France-Presse reported last week that 12 members of ISIS have been sentenced to death for their terror plans.

Six of the suspects have already been captured, and six more are at large; but Egyptian authorities determined that all 12 had joined a local ISIS cell.

This is only part of a crackdown on Islamic extremism that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has undertaken in his country, a crackdown that included further pressure on the terror group The Muslim Brotherhood, the very organization that Obama’s government had tried to empower in Egypt back in 2012.

Unfortunately, Obama never stopped associating with people linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. Recently, Obama gave Rashad Hussain a top spot job in the U.S. State Department. Obama has given him this position despite the fact that Hussain has participated in events hosted by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Regardless, ISIS and other terror groups have been targeting Egypt with deadly attacks killing scores of people. Last year, for instance, among the many attacks there, militants killed 31 last October; 44 were killed in January in Sinai.

In another incident, the country’s chief prosecutor was killed in Cairo by a bomb blast only a few months ago.

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New Suez Canal Built In Record Time Expected To Give A Boost To Egypt’s Economy

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (pictured above) seems to know how to get things done.

Under his leadership, Egypt has experienced economic growth–and foreign investors have returned to the country. Last week, a 35-kilometer long second Suez Canal was inaugurated after more than 9000 workers must have established a new world record in canal digging. The building of the canal took only one year instead of the expected three. The old 164 kilometer-long Suez Canal, which was built 146 years ago, took more than 10 years to complete. One could say that the speedy completion time made the new Suez Canal a wonder of the modern world as the pyramids were a wonder of the ancient world.

The new canal is expected to double the number of vessels passing through Egypt and is expected to nearly triple the revenues from the Suez Canal to $13 billion a year.

The $8 billion project was launched in August 2014 and was overseen by the army after President al-Sisi ordered the construction to be completed in one year.

The building of a massive international industrial and logistics complex near the new Suez Canal is expected to deliver a further boost to the Egyptian economy.

The revenues of the canal and the new projects are scheduled to count for up to one third of GDP in the near future.

The Egyptian government succeeded in financing the huge project without being totally dependent on large foreign investments. A substantial amount of the construction costs were covered by donations from Egyptian citizens and companies. The rest of the money came from government bonds and loans from banks. Egypt received money from the Gulf States, among them Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The inauguration of the canal took place during the same week when Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed an agreement to enhance military, economic and political cooperation.

President Al-Sisi and Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed Bin Salman issued the so-called “Cairo Declaration,” a six-point document that outlined the strengthening of the cooperation between the two countries as follows:

1. Development of military cooperation and working towards establishing the Joint Arab Force. 2. Enhancing the joint cooperation and investment between the two countries in the fields of energy, electricity, and transportation. 3. Achieving economic integration between the two countries and working on making them a key focus of the World Trade movement. 4. Intensifying mutual investments between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, aiming to increase joint projects in both countries. 5. Strengthening cooperation in the fields of politics, culture, and media in order to jointly counter the dangers of the current regional destabilisation. 6. Defining the maritime borders between the two countries.

The signing of the agreement has everything to do with the continuing turmoil in the Middle East–the rise of Islamic State as well as Iran’s regional hegemonic aspirations. Both countries feel threatened by Iran and its involvement in the wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. The establishment of a Joint Arab Force must be regarded as the Arab answer to the activities of the Iranian Al-Quds brigade of the IRGC.

The signing of the agreement doesn’t mean the two countries are on the same page in every aspect of Mideast politics.

For example, the recent reconciliation between Hamas and Saudi Arabia, after Hamas leader Khaled Mashal visited the Saudi capital of Riyadh last month, drew the ire of al-Sisi, who is engaged in a continuing crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch (Hamas.) Egypt isn’t exactly thrilled either by the Saudi effort to establish a Sunni-axis that includes Turkey in order to oppose the Iranian-led Shiite axis. Al-Sisi doesn’t trust Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and won’t forgive him for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

So the strengthening of the ties between Saudi Arabia and Egypt is a matter of ‘realpolitik’. Since the retreat of the United States as the sole superpower dominating the Middle East and the rise of Iran and Islamic State, Arab countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia are looking for new partners.

China and Russia are partly filling the gap the U.S. left behind, and even cooperation with Israel is now suddenly no longer taboo.

The IDF and the Egyptian army are cooperating in the battle against Hamas and Wayilat Sinai–the Islamic State offshoot in the Sinai Peninsula–and al-Sisi sent a new ambassador to Israel after former Egyptian President Morsi severed ties with the Jewish State in November 2012.

In addition, President al-Sisi recently met with a delegation of the American Jewish Committee and has started to battle widespread anti-Semitism in Egypt. He became the first Egyptian president to embark on a campaign to change Egyptian attitudes toward Jews. During Ramadan, the historical TV drama ‘Jewish Quarter’ was broadcast on Egyptian state television. The program depicted the Muslim Brotherhood as a greater threat to unity in Egypt than the Jews–and even the ‘Zionists.’

As Western Journalism has reported, Egypt is regarded as one of the most anti-Semitic countries in the world. Even President al-Sisi was the subject of anti-Semitic rants when respected commentators suggested on TV that he was a Jew who was trying to implement a Zionist conspiracy to turn Egypt into a province of Israel.

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Islamic State Attacks Egyptian Navy Vessel, Uses Sophisticated Missile

On Thursday morning, Islamic State affiliate Walayat Sinai got into warfare at sea when it attacked an Egyptian navy vessel at a short distance from the coast opposite the city of Rafah in northern Sinai.

“The mujahideen were able to target a frigate of the naval forces of the apostate Egyptian army in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Rafah, and that was with a guided rocket,” read a message posted by Walayat Sinai on Twitter.

Later, Islamic State in the Sinai posted another message on Twitter in which it said “that the naval attack was the first of its kind and the start of maritme operations in the Mediterranean.”

The attack signals a new level of sophistication of weaponry used by the Islamic State in the Middle East. Oded Granot, the Middle East expert of TV Channel 1 in Israel, reported later that a Kornet anti-tank missile was used in the attack.

Photos published by Islamic State showed a huge explosion on what the group said was a “frigate.” Later, it appeared that the vessel hit in the attack was a patrol vessel built by U.S. manufacturer Swiftships. Hours later, the ship was still smoldering.

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Islamic State used the Kornet anti-tank missile earlier in its battle against the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula when it carried out a string of attacks against army checkpoints and a police station two weeks ago.

The Egyptian army said that it exchanged fire with the terrorists who launched the rocket. The army also claimed there were no casualties. Wayalat Sinai, however, says the ship was destroyed and that everybody on board was killed in the attack.

The Egyptian army has stepped up its campaign against the Islamic State in the Sinai desert; but as today’s attack showed, the organization is still able to carry out devastating attacks–and terror is spreading to other areas in Egypt.

Just yesterday, the Egyptian army foiled a mega attack on the highway to Suez. A suicide bomber tried to drive his explosives-laden truck into an army base next to the highway but was spotted in time. An army spokesman said the vehicle was destroyed and the driver killed.

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Islamic State Attacks Israel From Egypt, Tries To Expand Caliphate To Sinai


Southern Israel was again attacked with rockets on Friday–but this time, they did not come from Gaza.

Islamic State branch Walayat Sinai (Sinai Province) claimed responsibility for the firing of three Grad rockets at Israel. At 4.20 PM on Friday, sirens went off in southern Israel; and residents sped to their security rooms. A short time later, three rockets exploded in open fields. No damage and casualties were reported.

The attack came at a moment when the Egyptian authorities claimed that the situation in Sinai was under control again after the Islamic State assault on the Egyptian army Wednesday. Sixty-four soldiers, as well as 90 Islamist fighters, died in a wave of attacks on army checkpoints and positions in the Sinai Peninsula.

On Saturday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that the assault was, in fact, an attempt to seize territory and to set up an extremist state in Sinai.

He said that Valiyat Sinai had tried to announce “an Islamic state, in their concept, an Islamic State in Sinai. These are the messages, very simply, that they are putting out to us.”

He then added that the area was now under the control of the army again. Al-Sisi praised the army for “foiling a very big plan.”

“No one can impose on the Egyptians something they don’t want. To reach the Egyptians they have to pass through the army, the sons of Egypt,” he said.

On Sunday, it became clear that the battle in Sinai is far from over. The Egyptian newspaper al-Yom al-Sabah reported that the Egyptian security forces were conducting heavy anti-ISIS operations in northern Sinai. Apache helicopters and infantry took part in the operation against Wayilat Sinai.

Reuters later reported the Egyptian army killed 63 members of Walayat Sinai during the operation in the area of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai. A spokesman for the Egyptian army claimed that 241 terrorists were killed as of Wednesday.

Earlier, the Egyptian army cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood after it accused the organization of cooperation with Islamic State to destabilize Egypt. In a raid on Wednesday evening, the army killed nine prominent Brotherhood members. This led to a call to the public by the Muslim Brotherhood to “rise in revolt to defend your homeland.”

The young members of the movement think the time has come to use terrorism to undermine al-Sisi’s regime. The new spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Montasser, even called for “a revolution that would decapitate heads.”

In the short term, it is unlikely that the current leadership will openly join the young members in the violent struggle. Such a move would cost the movement the support of the current U.S. administration, and probably Turkey.

It is clear, however, that the Muslim Brotherhood is changing direction in Egypt. The old Muslim Brotherhood that sought to establish its goals by non-violent means is dying and has lost the support of the Egyptian people after the mismanagement of the country during Mohammad Morsi’s presidency. Most of the Brotherhood’s leaders have been arrested since the military coup and are now in jail again. Some of them (Including Morsi) are facing the death penalty.

So in the long term, we can expect Muslim Brotherhood members to join ISIS in Egypt.

Something similar is happening now in Gaza, where Hamas is losing support and is slowly starting to realize that Islamic State is threatening its thus-far uncontested rule.

On Friday, senior Hamas official Musa Abu Marzouk admitted for the first time that ISIS has a presence in Gaza. In an interview with Al Quds TV, Marzouk responded to a recent video from Islamic State in Syria in which ISIS threatened to take over Gaza.

“Why do they want to turn Gaza into a sea of blood, and what capabilities does this group have to threaten like this?” Marzouk asked. He ridiculed the power of the group in Gaza and claimed that Hamas would stamp out ISIS soon. Marzouk said that ISIS has only dozens of supporters in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli experts, however think that ISIS’ presence in Gaza is much larger than what Marzouk claims. They estimate that Islamic State has at least hundreds of members in Gaza, and some even say that the organization already has a few thousand members or affiliated terrorists.

Israel is slowly coming to terms with the new reality on its southern border but is not so sure that Hamas is against the rise of Islamic State in Gaza and Sinai.

The head of the IDF division that deals with Gaza, Maj.Gen. Yoav Mordechai, told Al-Jazeera News that the IDF has acquired intelligence about Hamas’ support for ISIS activities in Sinai. He said that Hamas is providing weaponry and other support to Wilayat Sinai and that it smuggled wounded ISIS fighters into Gaza to give them medical treatment. Mordechai added that Hamas commander Abdullah Kishta is training Islamic State terrorists in Sinai and that the IDF has solid proof of this direct support for ISIS by Hamas.

The IDF is currently beefing up its presence on the southern border near Northern Sinai and is monitoring the fighting in Sinai, according to Israel Radio.

The Israeli Army knows that the day is approaching when Wayalat Sinai will turn its weapons to Israel. As Wednesday’s coordinated string of attacks on the Egyptian army and Friday’s rockets on Israel showed, Islamic State in Sinai is building up its military capabilities and is already in the possession of heavy weapons.

In the long run, Israel can expect more cross-border attacks and missiles on a daily basis. These attacks will constitute a double-edged sword for the Islamic State affiliate. It will put more pressure on Israel and make life unbearable in the Israeli communities along the border; and on the other hand, it could drive a wedge in the excellent relations between the IDF and the Egyptian army. The IDF cannot afford to sit on its hands when Islamic State attacks Israel from Gaza, but the Egyptians will not tolerate Israeli counterattacks on its soil.

So a year after the Third Gaza War ended, Israel is gearing up for the next confrontation in the south.

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