Egypt was a prominent nation in the Old Testament history of Israel, and is usually identified by prophecy scholars as the “King of the South” in End-Times prophecy (Daniel 11:21 ff). However, Egypt is conspicuously absent in the line-up of the enemies of Israel in the upcoming war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38 and 39), which will most likely be the same as the great war of the Second Seal in Revelation 6.

See also: Egypt in Prophecy - Ron's Blog

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 the region.

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.

The most dramatic effect of this revolution might well be the termination of the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that has been in effect for more than three decades. Relations between the United States and Egypt could be severely strained by the outcome of this revolution.

Radical Islam has continued to grow. Their aim is to control the world. From a prophetic prospective, a new Islamic caliphate might emerge, affecting not only the Middle East, but also European countries where Muslim culture is becoming predominant. Such a coalition would resemble the old Roman Empire at it's greatest extent, and could be what was predicted in Daniel, chapter 2, where it depicts the final world empire, symbolized by iron [Rome] and clay [Islamic caliphate?]. See Revived Roman Empire.

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Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory In Egypt’s Constitution Vote

Dec. 23, 2012 - Amid a low voter turnout and claims of election fraud, the Muslim Brotherhood says the new Egyptian constitution has been approved.
The bruising battle over the past month stripped away hope that the long-awaited constitution would bring a national consensus on the path Egypt will take after shedding its autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago.
Source: Fox
U.S. Press Won't Report That Egypt's Constitution Is Sharia-Based -- And Socialist - News Buster
Egypt opposition faces reality of rising Islamist power - BBC

Prophetic Significance of Egypt

Egyptians approve new constitution, unofficial results show

Dec/ 23. 2012 - According to a preliminary tally of Egypt's vote on a new constitution, 64% of voters were in favor and 36% were against it. The constitution was drafted by a Muslim-dominated assembly. The opposition party - the National Salvation Front - says that the constitution is not legitimate.
Khaled Dawoud, a spokesman for the opposition party, said they had filed several cases in administrative courts to challenge the vote.
Source: CNN

Fear, Intimidation Keep Egypt's Christians Away From Polls

Dec. 20, 2012 - Christian voting in Egypt's constitutional referendum last week was only about 7% because of militant marches by Islammists designed to terrify them.
Source: NewsMax

Egypt opposition rejects Morsi plan for constitutional referendum, calls for more protests

Dec. 11, 2012 - Hussein Abdel Ghani, spokesman of the National Salvation Front, told reporters,
Egypt's main opposition coalition rejected on Sunday Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's plan for a constitutional referendum this week, saying it risked dragging the country into "violent confrontation."
Source: NBC

Egyptian President Defies Protesters' Demands

Dec. 7, 2012 -
Egypt's oppostion is calling for more demonstrations on Friday after President Mohamed Morsi refused to call off a disputed constitutional referendum or curb the sweeping powers he granted himself in a decree last month.
Barricades have been erected around the presidential palace in Cairo to force protestors to keep their distance. Seven people were killed during last week's protests and some 700 were injured.
Source: Voice of America

Egypt crisis: Army clearing presidential palace area

Dec. 6, 2012 - A night of violent clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi left five people dead and 644 injured. The Egyptian army is now clearing demonstrators from the area of the presidential palace in Cairo.
Meanwhile, Egypt's top Islamic body has called on the president to suspend his decree claiming sweeping powers.
Source: BBC

Morsi returns to presidential palace after protests against his regime turn violent in Cairo

Dec. 5, 2012 - Tensions are still high in Egypt because of President Morsi's dictatorial decree. Violence erupted yesterday after more than 100, 000 protestors smashed a security fence in front of the presidential palace. Police quelled the crowd, but Morsi was evacuated from the palace.

The Muslim Brotherhood has used Facebook to call for a rival demonstration Wednesday.

Source: Fox
Egypt Descends Into Political Turmoil - NewsMax

Egyptian Newspapers and Broadcasters Protest Draft Constitution

Dec. 4, 2012 -
Eleven privately owned newspapers stopped publication Tuesday in protest at the limits on freedom of expression in Egypt’s draft constitution, and at least three private television networks said they will not broadcast on Wednesday.
The draft charter of the new constitution was prepared in haste by islamist delegates and was opposed by almost all non-Islamist delegates. It is now scheduled for a country-wide referendum vote on Dec. 15.

Foes of the Muslim Brotherhood inspired constitution have called for a “final warning” march on the presidential palace to demonstrate their opposition to it.

Source: N.Y. Times

Egypt court halts all work amid Islamist 'pressure'

Dec. 2, 2012 - Since Nov. 22, when Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi made a dictatorial decree that the courts could not challenge his decisions, the country's Supreme Constitutional Court has been unable to do its work. It has now said that it is halting all work indefinitely in protest at the "psychological pressure" it has faced.
Source: BBC
Thousands march in Cairo in support of Morsi - CBS
Morsi's party using sex attacks against demonstrators - WND

Egypt Constitution Finalized as Opposition Cries Foul

Nov. 30, 2012 - The "constituent assembly" that has been working on a new constitution for Egypt raced through approval of their project in order to end the crisis over President Mohamed Morsi's expanded powers. During the process liberals, leftists, Christians, more moderate Muslims, and others had withdrawn from the assembly and plan to hold a protest rally against the adoption of the constitution.
A new parliamentary election cannot happen until the constitution is passed. Egypt has been without an elected legislature since the Islamist-dominated lower house was dissolved in June, based on a court order.
Source: NewsMax

Egypt clashes cut off access to U.S. Embassy

Nov. 29, 2012 - Ongoing clashes between protesters in Cairo and the riot police has cut off access to the U.S. Embassy.
The protesters don't seem to be targeting the embassy itself, Ortiz reports. Instead, they're targeting the riot police and the clashes are happening in the area and in the approaches to and from the embassy. Most embassy staff have gone home.
Source: CBS

Egypt crisis: Mohammed Mursi to meet top judges

Nov. 26, 2012 - Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi plans to meet today with members of the Supreme Judicial Council about the crisis that has developed since he issued a decree three days ago that gave him dictatorial powers.
Several prominent opposition leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed elBaradei, have said they will not engage in dialogue with the president until he rescinds the measure, known as the constitutional declaration.
Source: BBC
Egypt crisis: Mass rally held against Mohammed Mursi - BBC
Official Egyptian television channels biased toward Morsi/ Muslim Brotherhood - bbc
Is Egypt about to become the new Iran? - Con Coughlin - Telegraph UK

Protests rock Egypt after Morsi seizes sweeping new powers

Nov. 23, 2012 - Just one day after the U.S. and most of the world hailed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for his role in obtaining a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinians, he issued a decree that exempts all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament is elected.
"Morsi a 'temporary' dictator," was the headline in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm and hundreds of protesters in Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, demanded Morsi quit, accusing him of launching a "coup".
Demonstrators called him a new "pharaoh" and another Mubarak. Some protestors stormed the Muslim Brotherhood HQ in Alexandria, and others demonstrated in Cairo's Tahrir Square after he seized new powers.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Egypt Brotherhood Leader Blasts Peace with Israel - Newsmax
Egypt's top judges condemn Mohamed Morsi power grab - Guardian UK
Morsi’s New Role As Egypt’s Dictator Has Full Backing From Obama This opinion piece raises a vital question - What stand will President Obama take about this situation?

After Israel-Gaza: Who won, who lost?

Nov. 22, 2012 - This opinion piece by Peter Wilkinson indicates that Israel gained a "qualified victory," because Netanyahu's government killed Hamas' military leader, Ahmed al-Jaabari, proved the effectiveness of its Iron Dome defense shield, and made a significant dent in Hamas' offensive capability.

Hamas may have gained somewhat by consolidating its control over Gaza.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsey surprised most observers by influencing Hamas to come to the table and get its leadership to agree to a cease-fire. Unlike his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, he commands some respect from Hamas because of his Muslim Brotherhood connections.

Source: CNN
See: Netanyahu: We're ready to take a harsher stance if truce fails - Prophecy Central's Israel section.

Morsi mouths ‘Amen’ as Egyptian preacher urges ‘Allah, destroy the Jews’

Oct. 22, 2012 - Egyptians were able to watch Friday prayers on Egyptian state television as cleric Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, the local head of religious endowment, said,
Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi participated in the prayers, and according to the Anti-Defamation League, he could be seen mouthing “amen” to these sentiment.
Source: Times of Israel

‘Holy Jihad’ is the only way to deal with Israel, says Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood chief

Oct. 12, 2012 - Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood publicly stated that it is futile to have negotiations with Israel. He said that if Jews are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount they will destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with the third temple. He also said,
“Zionists only understand the language of force and will not relent without duress. This will only happen through holy Jihad, high sacrifices and all forms of resistance."
Source: Times of Israel
Egypt's liberals, Islamists clash: 110 reported injured - Times of India

Turkey and Egypt denounce Syria regime, pledge support for Palestinian cause

Oct. 1, 2012 - Oct. 1, 2012 - At a major meeting of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, Egypt's new president encouraged an emerging partnership between Egypt and Turkey. He pledged opposition to Syria's president.
"The events in Syria are the tragedy of the century," Morsi said. "We will be on the side of the Syrian people until the bloodshed ends, the cruel regime is gone and Syrian people reach their just rights."
He also voiced support of the Palestinian cause and opposition to what he called Israel's 'state terrorism.'
Source: Haaretz

Egypt’s President Morsi tells U.N.: Insults to Muhammad ‘unacceptable’

Sept. 26, 2012 - In his first address before the U.N. General Assembly, Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi championed the Islamic view of world events and Egypt’s role in them. He agreed that anger over insults to Islam do not justify violence but implied that the controversial video about Muhammed is part of an organized assault on Muslim religious and cultural values.
“We reject this. We cannot accept it,” Morsi said, his voice thin with anger. “We will not allow anyone to do this by word or deed.”

He also said that Egypt stands for the rights of Palestinians and for an end to what he called illegal occupation of Arab lands, a reference to Israeli occupation of the West Bank. In addition he denounced the existence of Israel’s presumed nuclear weapons, and their “irresponsible policies or arbitrary threats,” evidently referring to the possibility of a unilateral Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Source: Washington Post

Egypt's Christians face mass slaughter by Islamists

Sept. 14, 2012 - Two Egyptian immigrants from Southern California were involved in the production of the “Innocence of Muslims” video that has inflamed anger throughout the Middle East. They are apparently Coptic Christians.
The Egyptian military official said today that Islamic groups are threatening to slaughter “the whole Christian Coptic community” in the city of Naja Hamadi, located about 60 miles from Cairo. Naja Hamadi contains a large Coptic community.
Source: WND
Muslim cleric Abu Islam burns Holy Bible - Tells cheering crowd: 'Next time I will urinate on it.' - WND

Assault on U.S. consulate in Benghazi leaves 4 dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens

Sept. 12, 2012 - The U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed yesterday [9/11 !!] by an angry mob of Libyan protestors. Abassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were killed.
Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
President Obama issued a written statement in which he said, "I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi."
Source: CBS News
Islamists Storm US Egyptian Embassy, US Apologizes - Breitbart
Egyptians angry at film scale U.S. embassy walls - Reuters
The Movie So Offensive That Egyptians Just Stormed the U.S. Embassy Over It - The Atlantic
Romney calls Obama administration response to Libya attacks ‘disgraceful’ - Washington Post
Libya: The Slaying of the U.S. Ambassador Highlights the Country’s Post-Gaddafi Struggles - Time

The Egypt-Israel peace treaty is dead

Sept. 3, 2012- An Egyptian activist explains that the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt was intended by Anwar Sadat to produce real and lasting peace, but after his assassination in 1991 it has been treated like a ceasefire arrangement. In the current situation the treaty is being ignored by both sides, and unless it is updated soon, it will fail.
33 years after the peace treaty, Israel still doesn’t exist on official Egyptian maps. When young Egyptian students study geography, they find only Palestine on their state-printed books.
Source: Maikel Nabil Sanad - an Egyptian activist who leads the No Compulsory Military Service Movement - Haaretz

Egyptian attack on 'oppressive' Syria sparks walkout

Aug. 30, 2012 - New Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi visited Iran to participate in a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam). It was the first visit to Iran by an Egyptian leader since the revolution there in 1979.
He used his speech to tell delegates of the 120-member body: "Our solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy is an ethical duty, as it is a political and strategic necessity."
The Syrian delegation walked out of the meeting after his remarks.
Source: BBC

Egyptian President Morsi reassures Israel that peace treaty is safe

Aug. 28, 2012 - In an interview with Reuters, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said, "Egypt is now a civilian state ... a national, democratic, constitutional, modern state." He went on to say,
"International relations between all states are open and the basis for all relations is balance. We are not against anyone but we are for achieving our interests."
He claimed that the peace treaty with Israel is safe.
Source: Haaretz

Egypt’s president appoints four aides, 17 advisers including Christians, women

Aug. 27, 2012 - New Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has appointed a Christian and a woman as two of his four aides, who will have offices in the presidential palace. He also named two Christians and two women as members of his 17 advisers.
Samir Morcos, a liberal Coptic writer engaged in the dialogue between Islam and Christianity, has been named “assistant for democratic transition, Ali said.
Source: Al Arabiya

Jerusalem mum on Egypt move to send troops to Sinai

Aug. 21, 2012 - Following the recent killing of Egyptian soldiers by Palestinian terrorists near the border of Gaza, Egypt has increased its military presence in the Sinai Peninsula, and is planning to move tanks to Sinai for first time since 1973. This action will technically be in violation of the 1979 Israeli-Egypt peace treaty. However, the Israeli government has not said whether or not Egypt is doing this without Israel's permission.

Communication and coordination between Israel and Egypt remained good throughout the Egyptian Revolution and the deposing of President Hosni Mubarak.

It was based, however, on long-standing ties with Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi and his top generals, forced out this month by [Egyptian President] Morsy.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Iron Dome installed in Eilat - YNet News
Liberman urges strict enforcement of peace treaty as Cairo sends tanks, planes into Sinai - Times of Israel
Update Aug. 23, 2012 - Israel says Egypt violating peace treaty in Sinai - Yahoo

Egypt President Mursi 'to visit Iran'

Aug. 19, 2012 - Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi is expected to visit Iran for a meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement at the end of August. If he does make the trip, it will be the first visit by an Egyptian head of state to Tehran since the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Source: BBC

Arab Spring run amok: 'Brotherhood' starts crucifixions

Aug. 17, 2012 - According to various Middle East media sources, during a recent rampage Muslim Brotherhood operatives “crucified those opposing Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace, while abusing others." Clare Lopez, a Senior Fellow with the Center fro Security Policy explained that according to the Quran, Sura 5:33, crucifixion is an obligatory part of Shariah Law.

Pamela Geller, author of Atlas Shrugs, is an analyst of the Middle East and Islam. She agrees with Lopez' statement and added,

“The Christians are in serious trouble, because the Quran in Sura 9:29 commands Muslims to wage war against them and subjugate them, and they’re also identified with the hated West and the U.S.,” Geller said.

Source: WND

Egypt's New President Moves Against Democracy

Aug. 15, 2012 - Following last week's incident in the Sinai peninsula, resulting in the killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers, Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi has taken control of the country's military junta, and has claimed unprecedented executive power, including complete authority over legislation.
Mr. Morsi's declaration also gives him the power to select a new assembly for writing Egypt's constitution... Mr. Morsi can intervene in the constitution-writing process to delay legislative elections—and thereby remain Egypt's sole legislator—indefinitely.
All of this gives a huge boost to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its radical agenda.
Source: Eric Trager - Wall Street Journal
Egypt considering violating peace treaty with Israel - WND

Egypt’s Real Ruler

July 11, 2012 - Middle East experts Daniel Pipes & Cynthia Farahat explain that the real power in Egypt is not the newly- elected President, Mohamed Morsi, but Mohamed Tantawi, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Tantawi is not only commander-in-chief but is also the effective head of all three of Egypt’s branches of government.
Reports from Egypt indicate that during [the election delay]... the SCAF met with the Muslim Brotherhood’s real leader, Khairat El-Shater, and reached a deal whereby Morsi became president but the SCAF continues to govern.
Source: Daniel Pipes & Cynthia Farahat - National Review

Egyptian Lawmakers Meet, Defying Military

July 11, 2012 -
Egypt's new president briefly reconvened parliament Tuesday in defiance of the military, which dissolved the legislature last month based on a high court order. Afterwards, Egypt's highest court has overruled Mohamed Morsi's decision.
Earlier the Constitutional Court had said that the Muslim Brotherhood took some of the seats allocated for independent candidates, invalidating the election process.

Only a small number of legislators actually attended the short session of the parliament. The speaker of parliament referred the case to the Appellate Court to decide on the eligibility of each member.

Source: Voice of America

Will Egypt become the new Iran?

June 25, 2012 - Middle East expert Con Coughlin laments that the election of Mohammed Morsi, the head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, as President of Egypt does not bode well for the country's future. While many commentators claim Morsi is a moderate, Coughlin warns,
While Mr Morsi himself might be moderate in outlook, many of those who back him are not, such as the Salafist groups that have recently set fire to a number of Christian groups.
Source: Telegraph

Election of Islamist as Egyptian president raises concerns in Israel

June 25, 2012 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the announcement that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi has won the elected office of President of Egypt.
"Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections. Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries."
Source: The Washington Post
Morsy: I will work to expand bilateral ties with Iran - Jerusalem Post

Could Egypt’s Military Still Accept a Muslim Brotherhood President?

June 22, 2012 - Analysis of the power and plans of Egypt's military indicate that the military junta will maintain real control over the nation, but may be williing to let the Muslim Brotherhood hold elected positions as long as they can keep them from ultimate power.
The delay in announcing the election result suggests that the junta’s mind may not be made up. But the issue is one of tactics; the military has left no doubt that it has no intention of handing genuine political authority to elected civilians.
Source: Time Magazine
Egypt anti-military protesters fill Tahrir Square - BBC

Egypt presidential poll result delayed as tensions rise

June 21, 2012 - The election commision in Egypt has delayed announcing the results of the country's presidental run-off election.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi and former PM Ahmed Shafiq both claim they won last weekend's vote.
The commission said it needed more time to look into complaints presented by the candidates. Thousands of protestors have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demonstrate against the delay and against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) that has temporary control of the government.
Source: BBC

Egypt's military grants itself sweeping powers

June 18, 2012 - Unnoficial returns indicate that the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Mohammed Mursi, has won the election. However, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf), which had disolved Egypt's Parliament last week, says new general elections for legislators cannot be held until a permanent constitution is drawn up.
The constitutional declaration issued by the Scaf effectively gives it legislative powers, control over the budget and over who writes the permanent constitution... It also strips the president of any authority over the army.
Prominent political figure Mohamed ElBaradei called the development a "grave setback for democracy and revolution". Others describe the move as a military coup.
Source: BBC

'Egypt will not turn into another Iran'

June 16, 2012 - Egyptians cast their votes today and tomorrow for a run-off presidential election between two candidates that many Egyptians consider extremists - one a representative of the old Mubarak regime and the other, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
It is a novelty for ordinary Egyptians, who are choosing their leader for the first time in a history that stretches back to the pharaohs. Polling stations opened to 50 million eligible voters for the first of two days of voting.
The vote comes just days after the recently-elected Parliament was dissolved because of election irregularities.

Egyptians say they believe that the country's peace treaty with Israel will be maintained regardless of the winner.

Source: YNet News

Cairo in turmoil: Generals assume legislative powers. Parliament dissolved

June 14, 2012 - Egypt's supreme constitutional court just ruled that the parliamentary elections held earlier this year were invalid. The election had handed control to the two Islamist parties, but the court declared the entire chamber illegal. Therefore, the country will need to have a new general election for all 498 seates in parliament.
The highest court in Egypt also overturned a Muslim Brotherhood-initiated law that would have disqualified former Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq from running against the MB’s Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi in the presidential runoff Saturday and Sunday. Shafiq therefore stays in the race.
As a result of the court's decision the military council will remain in control until new elections are held.
Source: DEBKAfile

Mubarak given life term for protester deaths

June 2, 2012 - Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison.
Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people since the wave of uprising began in Tunisia in late 2010, was found guilty for permitting the killing at least 800 protesters during the 18-day revolt that overthrew him on February 11, 2011.
Source: Al Jazeera

Radical Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Advances in Egypt Election

May 25, 2012 - Mohammed Morsi, the candidate of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has secured the lead in Egypt's first-ever true presidential election.

It appears that Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister and veteran of Hosni Mubarak's government, and socialist Hamdeen Sabahi are contenders for the second-place spot.

The run-off will be held on June 16-17, pitting the two top contenders from the first round of voting held Wednesday and Thursday. The victor is to be announced June 21.

Source: NewsMax

Egypt Terminates Gas Deal with Israel

April 21, 2012 - One of the most important effects of the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel was the supply of natural gas to Israel. The arrangement has not been popular in Egypt, especially since the Arab Spring uprising of last year and the unseating of President Mubarak.
The head of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company said Sunday it has terminated its contract to ship gas to Israel because of violations of contractual obligations, a decision Israel said overshadows the peace agreement between the two countries.

The pipeline supplying the gas to Israel has been blown up by activists 14 times since the uprising.

Israel is currently developing its own natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast. In a few years the country expects to be self-sufficient.

Source: NewsMax

U.S. ambassador to Israel sounds warning on Iran

April 19, 2012 - At a luncheon in Tel Aviv, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro, spoke about a variety of international issues that affect Israel. In regard to Iran he said said that while the United States preferred a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program "no options were off the table."

He also challenged Egypt to honor its peace treaty with Israel and to oppose the Palestinian's rocket attacks against Israel.

Shapiro expressed solidarity with the one million Israelis in the country's central and southern region who were within range of last month's 10-day, 300-rocket barrage from the Gaza Strip.

Source: Haaretz

Egypt’s disqualified presidential candidate says military rulers have no intention of handing over rule

April 18, 2012 - Just weeks ahead of Egypt's presidential elections, a military council has disqualified three top contenders for the position, including the Muslim Brotherhood's, Khairat el Shater. Omar Suleiman, who had been Mubarak's spy chief - and thought to be favored by the military was also eliminated. A third popular contender, Hazem Abu Ismail was disqualified as well.

Shater urged Egyptians to support the Brotherhood’s backup candidate, Mohammed Morsi.

“The military council is not about a true transition of power,” he said, accusing the council of trying to fix the election in favor of a candidate they could control.

Source: Washington Post
Update 4/21/12 - Egyptian protesters fill Cairo's Tahrir Square - BBC

Is this what saves Egypt from Islamism?

April 15, 2012 - During the Arab Spring protests in Egypt, the people were opposed to President Mubarak, but respected the Egyptian military. Immediately after the protests the Muslim Brotherhood expanded its influence considerably, and has gradually convinced many Egyptians to support them.
Now that the Brotherhood has nominated Khairat al-Shater to be its presidential candidate, the military has put up its own candidate, Omar Suleiman, the former spy chief to ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The candidacy of Suleiman, who is 75, came as a surprise to the Brotherhood, and there is concern that if he does not win the elections the military may stage a coup to overthrow the newly elected president, and in that case, it would lead to a bloody civil war. On the other hand, if Suleiman wins it might keep the country from becoming radically Islamic.
Source: WMD
Egypt Islamists rally in Cairo against Mubarak-era old guard - Haaretz

Longtime U.S. ally aligning with Tehran

Apr. 10, 2012 - Before the Arab Spring protests, and the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt and the U.S. were considered strong allies. However, now that the Muslim Brotherhood has apparently gained the upper hand in Egypt, there is a preference for relations with Iran. This could be surprising since Egypt is predominantly Sunni and Iran is predominantly Shiite. But after the Iranian revolution in 1969, Egypt granted political assylum to their deposed Shah. Iran then became major financial supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
Now, a new U.S.-based Gallup poll ... reveals that some 56 percent of Egyptians see relations with the United States as bad for the country.
Source: WND

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