Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood blames Sinai attack on Mossad (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jack Khoury and Reuters 08/07/12)
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The Muslim Brotherhood said on its website that Sunday´s attack in
Sinai on an Egyptian army outpost was an Israeli attempt to thwart
President Morsi; Israel´s Foreign Ministry denies the claims.
Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood said on its website on Monday that the
attack on a police station in Sinai on Sunday in which 16 policemen
were killed "can be attributed to Mossad" and was an attempt to
thwart Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
The statement said the Mossad was trying to abort the Egyptian
uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak last year and
that it was "imperative to review clauses" of the agreement between
Egypt and Israel.
Egypt branded the Islamist gunmen behind the attack as "infidels" and
promised on Monday to launch a crackdown following the massacre that
has strained Cairo´s ties with both Israel and Palestinians.
The bloodshed represented an early diplomatic test for Morsi, who
took office at the end of June after staunch U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak
was overthrown last year in a popular uprising.
Mubarak had cooperated closely with Israel on security and suppressed
Islamist movements such as Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood which rejects
violence to achieve its goals but whose leaders often voiced
hostility towards the Jewish state.
The group said on its website on Monday: "This crime can be
attributed to the Mossad, which has been seeking to abort the
revolution since its inception and the proof of this is that it gave
instructions to its Zionist citizens in Sinai to depart immediately a
few days ago."
"[It] also draws our attention to the fact that our forces in Sinai
are not enough to protect it and our borders, which makes it
imperative to review clauses in the signed agreement between us and
the Zionist entity," the group said.
An Egyptian commentator told Haaretz that there is a consensus in
Egypt that Israel was involved in the attack, as Israel is the
immediate and primary beneficiary of the impact of the attack. There
is also criticism in Egypt of the fact that the president and the
heads of the security services did not have any information that
could have prevented or foiled the attack, which revealed their lack
of control over the Sinai.
Only two days ago, the source said, the governor of the northern
Sinai came out against Israeli government warnings against travel in
the Sinai, saying that they were propaganda aimed at reducing tourism.
Israel´s Foreign Ministry denied the claims. Spokesman Yigal Palmor
said, "Even the person who says this when he looks at himself in the
mirror does not believe the nonsense he is uttering." (© Copyright
2012 Ha´aretz 08/07/12)
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