Bibi and Barak’s Terror Fraud: Were Eilat Attackers Egyptian? ~ by Richard Silverstein

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Before I get into this post, I want to make clear that I’m reporting based on a story in the Egyptian media.  So I don’t know how reliable the source is or the information reported.  But the idea that Egyptians may’ve perpetrated the Eilat attack is intriguing and worth entertaining.

Al Masry Al Youm reports that Egypt has identified at least three of the Eilat attackers and that they are Egyptian, and not Gazan as Israel has claimed:

Egyptian authorities have identified three of the people responsible for carrying out a terrorist attack in Israel, just north of Eilat, on Thursday, in which seven Israelis were killed, according to an Egyptian security source.

The same source added that one of the men identified is a leader of terrorist cells in Sinai, while another is a fugitive who owns an ammunition factory.

What is intriguing about this story is that it would explain many things which appeared to be discrepancies when the theory was that Gazans were involved.  First, the Israeli bus driversaid the attackers wore Egyptian army uniforms.  Now, it might be possible for Gazans to get such uniforms, but it would be much easier for Egyptians to do so.  Second, the Israelis themselves have disagreed about the authors of the crime, with Netanyahu claiming the Popular Resistance Commitee was behind it and the IDF spokesperson specifically rejecting her boss’ claim.  All of which leads one to believe that the Israelis don’t have a clue who was behind it.  Third, well over half the attackers escaped, which is highly unusual for a terror attack on Israel.  It would be much easier for Egyptian terrorists to melt back into Sinai than for Gazans to do so.  Fourth, it would be a lot easier for Egyptians to mount an attack on Eilat than for Gazans to do so considering how far the latter would have to travel to get to the Israeli city.  Fifth, Israel bombed a house containing the entire top leadership of the PRC, killing three commanders.  If the PRC was responsible for the attack it simply beggars belief for their top leaders to be sitting in the same house together when they should be going into deep hiding.  Sixth, there have been five bombings of the Egyptian pipeline bringing gas to Israel.  Clearly, there are Egyptians who, in the light of the new Egyptian leadership, are not happy with continuing good relations between Egypt and Israel and willing to engage in terror to disrupt it.

All this would mean, if true, that Israel was not only caught with its pants down by the attack itself, but it hasn’t been able to pull them up in the aftermath either.  I can’t recall previously seeing such disarray within the Israeli military-political echelons as a result of a terror attack.  But it would seem to indicate some serious dysfunction.

To be clear, so far this is a story and claim that remains to be proven.  But I find it so tantalizing that it’s worth reporting here.  H/t to readers Mary Hughes Thompson and Chayma for the story and link.

UPDATE: I’m just as competitive as the next political blogger, and to my chagrin I wrote this post last night (18 hours ago) and then queried a few Egyptians I knew about how realiable a source Al Masry was.  Then I waited for a reply, but one never came.  Then I somehow forgot I hadn’t actually published the post.  A comment in another thread by a reader made me realize I hadn’t published this and so did so a few hours ago.  But this delay allowed me to read Yossi Gurvitz’s 972 Magazine post which goes over some of the ground here, but adds a few interesting points I either didn’t know or hadn’t considered, which further buttress the argument that Bibi and Barak are perpetrating a fraud of massive proportions.

First, Gurvitz argues that Israel always releases the names and home villages of captured or killed terrorists within hours of the attack.  For Israel, it is a way of pinning blame where Israel feels it belongs.  But in the case of this incident, not only hasn’t Israel released this information, but IDF spokesperson Avital Leibowitz, when asked for it by Gurvitz, flatly refused to provide it.  Sorry fellas, but something ain’t right here.  Israel is a creature of habit.  It follows a time honored routine in matters like this.  The fact that it’s deviating from SOP is a major “tell.”

Also, Gurvitz notes that B’Tselem has tried to identify, through Gaza sources, who the attackers might’ve been, and has failed.  In addition, any Gaza family which discovers a relative was killed in a terror attack would do the Jewish equivalent of sit shiva.  This would be a public ritual and known to everyone in Gaza.  Yet somehow mysteriously there are no such mourning tents for the dead attackers.

Something ain’t right about this picture.  It is the duty of the Israeli media to start asking questions, and pronto.  We may have yet another scandal brewing here.

Killed by Israeli Occupation 2011

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all?


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