April 10, 2009, - 2:43 pm
Egypt Arrests Hezbollah Plotters, Used Homes in Gaza; Confirms Previous Schlussel Report About Hezbos in Israel; Plot to Kill Jews on Passover?
By Debbie Schlussel
In the past, I provided an exclusive English language report on how Hezbollah now controls the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Islamic terorrist group in Israel. An offshoot of Fatah (the P.L.O.), Al-Aqsa Martyrs are no longer controlled by Fatah chief and current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Instead, as I noted then, the group is run by Hezbollah and gets its training and weaponry from Hezbollah inside Lebanon.
Now, the Egyptians have caught several Hezbollah members plotting terrorist attacks inside Egypt. For those who understand terrorist groups and Islam, this is a classic Shi’ite v. Sunni battle. Hezbollah is Shi’ite and most Egyptians, including President Hosni Mubarak and his opponents in the Muslim Brotherhood, are Sunni. However, the targets of the plotted attacks may not just have been Egyptians, but Israeli Jews who vacation in Egypt and have been the targets and victims of Islamic terrorist attacks in Egypt in the past.
But it is also a classic demonstration of how Shi’ites from Hezbollah and Sunnis from HAMAS and other Palestinian terrorist groups work together against their common enemies (us and the Israelis). Egyptian authorities say that the Hezbollah plotters they caught in Egypt controlled homes in Rafah, on the Gaza/Egypt border, where they were smuggling weapons back and forth to and from Palestinians.
Egypt’s state prosecutor on Wednesday accused Hizbullah of plotting to carry out attacks inside Egypt.
“The state prosecutor has received a statement from state security which shows that leaders from the Lebanese Hizbullah have called on its cadres to recruit members to its movement… with the aim of carrying out acts of aggression inside the country,” according to a statement from the prosecutor obtained by Agence France Presse (AFP).
It charged that the campaign was launched with “the aim of carrying out acts of aggression inside the country,” while Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah had appointed members to carry out such actions.
Egyptian police have arrested 43 people in connection with the case . . . .
The men are suspected of having bought or rented homes in Rafah on the border with Gaza to smuggle weapons and contraband into the Palestinian enclave, which is ruled by Hamas. . . .
In January, Nasrallah, whose militant group is supported by Damascus and Tehran, slammed Egypt for keeping its Rafah border post with Gaza closed during an Israeli military offensive against the Hamas-ruled territory.
He accused Cairo of complicity in longstanding Israeli blockade on Gaza and cast doubt on Egypt’s neutrality in efforts at the time to mediate a ceasefire.
Earlier Israel had warned its citizens that militants operating in Sinai under Hizbullah direction and sponsorship could abduct Israelis vacationing in the area during the Jewish Passover holiday between April 8 and 16.
“There is a serious, immediate and concrete threat of Israelis being kidnapped and then taken to the Gaza Strip,” said on Tuesday a statement from the counter-terrorism bureau, which reports directly to the prime minister’s office.
It warned that Hizbullah could attack Israelis in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula or single them out for abduction. . . .
Israelis regularly flock to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts despite a wave of attacks on tourists between 2004 and 2006 that killed more than 100 people.
I often wonder why there continue to be so many stupid (and liberal) Isrealis who insist on risking their lives to vacation in Egypt and pay anti-Semites for the privilege. Israel doesn’t have real peace with Egypt, as I’ve frequently noted before. Egypt keeps Israel out of such mundane events as international book fairs taking place in Cairo, etc. There is no love lost for Jews there.
And while Egyptians caught several Hezbollah plotters in their midst, there are plenty they didn’t catch, who will ultimately succeed.
And if you think Egypt is unique in Hezbollah terrorists plotting attacks in its midst, think again. Hezbollah is a global terrorist group. It not only attacked our Marines in Beirut and the Jewish Community Center and Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but it trained Sunni Islamic terrorists in Iraq and provided them explosives to kill our troops.
And we have plenty of Hezbollah supporters and operatives here in America. Don’t think for a second that one day, Nasrallah won’t give them the go ahead to attack us here. He can and he will.
When will we round them up the way the Egyptians did. Sadly, never. Instead, we have Presidents and Homeland Security chiefs pandering to them.
What happens there can happen here.