In 1969, under the leadership of President Anwar Sadat, Egypt was the first Middle Eastern nation to make a peace treaty
The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and its Palestinian
people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are
also involved. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to broker peace in
In 2011 Egypt experienced an unprecedented uprising of resistance to the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who had
led the country for almost 30 years, following the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981. Protests and outbreaks of
riotous activity took place in Cairo, Giza, Suez, and Alexandria. Mubarak was deposed.
The protests were caused by the lack of progress in the country and the degrading living conditions of the
Egyptian people. Their complaints and plans appear to have been promoted widely on Facebook and Twitter.
Consequently, the Egyptian government temporarily suspended Internet usage and cell phone service.
Egyptian police were overwhelmed by the crowd, and though they killed some protesters and arrested many more, they
had to abandon their efforts. Egyptians then overwhelmed and burned the police stations.
Commentators notice the similarity between this uprising and the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. There is,
however, a major difference. The Iranian Revolution was led by Shiite clerics, while the religious component of
the Egyptian protest is the Muslim Brotherhood, which is aligned with the larger Sunni branch of Islam. The
Muslim Brotherhood is the guiding force behind the Hamas Movement in the Palestinian areas.
It was thought that the effect of this revolution could be the termination of the peace agreement between
Israel and Egypt that has been in effect for more than three decades.
However, their new government, which was dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, was also
rejected by the people, leading to a military take-over in 2013, and the acceptance of a new constitution in 2014.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the commander-in-chief of the army was elected President. Al-Sisi cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood,
tried to facilitate peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and urged Muslim leaders to take a stand against Islamic terrorism.
Relations between the United States and Egypt have been be severely strained by these events.
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Egypt's Morsi, 100 others sentenced to death
May 16, 2015 -
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other people to death for their role in a
mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.
- Source: Yahoo
Ousted Egyptian president Morsi gets 20 years in prison
Apr. 21, 2015 -
An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012.
- Source: Times of Israel
Egypt TV to Israel: 'Trust in God and bomb' Iran
April 16, 2015 - After a news clip of Israeli Prime Minister explaining that Iran cannot be trusted, Egyptian TV personality,
Tawfik Okasha, called Netanyahu “our dear friend” and then suggested that Israel should take out Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor.
“Put your trust in God and bomb it,” Okasha said, CBN reported. “We are with you and if you need fuel for the jets, we will give it to you.”
- Source: WND
Obama Ends Freeze on US Military Aid to Egypt
Apr. 1, 2015 - Nearly two years ago, after Egypt's military wrested control of their government from the Muslim Brotherhood,
President Obama imposed a hold on the supply of military equipment to Egypt. Now, because of the turmoil in the region, the president agreed
to release some of the much-needed equipment.
Obama directed the release of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft, 20 Boeing Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits made by
General Dynamics, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said.
- Source: NewsMax
Egypt’s Sissi says country in danger of collapse
Mar. 13, 2015 - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the United States must do more to assist Egypt in the fight
against terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula, or his country could collapse. If that should happen, he warned that the whole region would experience anarchy.
Angered by stalled Egyptian democratic reforms, Washington has frozen a chunk of its $1.5 billion in mostly military annual aid to Cairo since
October 2013, insisting greater progress must be made.
Sisi asked the U.S. to step up its campaign against the Islamic State, noting that the battle cannot be won by air strikes
alone. He said that there must be “boots on the ground.”
He expressed support for Israel, hopes for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and understanding of Israel's concern about Iran's
- Source: Times of Israel
Like Israel, U.S. Arab Allies Fear Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal
Mar. 5, 2015 - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are just as upset as Israel is about the nuclear deal that is being planned
for Iran. Relationships between these countries and the U.S. have already deteriorated in recent years.
Now, with the nuclear talks nearing a deadline, these allies—particularly in the Gulf—fret that America is about to ditch its long-standing
friends to win love from their common foe, at the very moment that this foe is on the offensive across the region
- Source: Wall Street Journal
- What's In the Iran Nuclear Deal? - CNN
Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal - NBC
Netanyahu Says Iran Deal Guarantees Nuclear Arms - Bloomberg
A United World? 120-Nation Bloc Backs Iran’s Nuclear Stance - Patrick Goodenough - CNS News
Egyptian leader calls for UN coalition in Libya
Feb. 17, 2015 - During an interview on French radio Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said there is a need for a United Nations
coalition to rid Libya of Islamic extremists.
"We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children," he said. Asked whether he wanted to see a U.N.-backed coalition for Libya,
he said: "I think there is no choice."
- Source: CBS
Egypt hits ISIS-affiliated terrorists in Libya after video showing mass beheading of Christians appears
Feb. 16, 2015 - A statement from Egypt's Armed Forces General Command said that they had conducted air strikes in Libya
in response to an ISIS video that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.
The statement said the warplanes targeted weapons caches and training camps before returning safely. It said the strikes were
"to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers."
- Source: Fox
BREAKING: Egypt’s President el-Sisi orders military strikes after ISIS beheads 21 Egyptian Christians. Details & analysis. - Joel Rosenberg
- Egypt bombs IS in Libya after beheadings video - BBC
Egyptian Airstrikes in Libya Were Not Coordinated With US: Sources - ABC
Egypt launches second air strike on IS - Breaking News
Russia to help Egypt build ‘a whole new nuclear power industry’ – Putin
Feb. 10, 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi in Cairo to announce
“a memorandum of understanding to build the first nuclear plant in [the northern city of] El-Dabaa,”
"Russia has a significant experience that it could share with Cairo, and for that Egypt would be very thankful,” [Sisi] said.
“Also, [a nuclear plant] will cover the Egypt’s necessity for electricity.”
- Source: RT
Putin and Al-Sisi to reshape History and Egyptian-Russian Relations - NSNBC
Russia's Putin, Egypt's Sisi say committed to fighting terrorism - Reuters
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt cuts short Ethiopia visit after 45 killed in Sinai Peninsula
Jan. 31, 2015 - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was in Ethiopia to address the African Union Summit when
an outbreak of violence in the Sinai Peninsula occurred. He decided to return to Egypt early to deal with the problem at home.
Fighters fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb in a series of attacks in North Sinai province in some of the worst anti-government
violence in months, according to security officials.
- Source: Awramba Times
El-Sissi blames Muslim Brotherhood for sophisticated Sinai attack that killed 31 - US News and World Report
State Department Hosts Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders - Fox
Egypt's Sisi: 1.6 Billion Muslims Antagonizing the Entire World
Jan 8, 2015 - In a surprising and courageous speech to the Islamic leaders at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
called on them to reverse the trend of Islamic terrorism. He said that the worlds Muslims must not continue to be a "source of
anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world,”
“That thinking – I am not saying ‘religion’ but ‘thinking’ – that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that
departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world.
- Source:Israel National News
Translated escerpts from the speech - Islam Translated
Egypt's President Al Sisi calls for 'religious revolution' in Islam - American Thinker
Egypt's president is a courageous warrior who has the guts to confront radical Islam - John Bolton - NY Daily News
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