Israellycool » Egypt Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:47:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WATCH: Egyptian Woman – “Israel And Egypt Must Unite Against Iran!” Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:57:37 +0000 If you think Israel is the lone voice in the Middle East opposing the disastrous Iran deal, you are sorely mistaken.

Here is one example. Skip to about 30 seconds to hear in English.

العالم العربي يتجند ضد اتفاق الغرب مع ايران… העולם הערבי מתגייס נגס הסכם המערב עם איראן…(بالعربية ثم بالانجليزية)(בערבית ואז באנגלית)

Posted by ‎צה”ל بستاهل‎ on Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Watch: When The Israeli Visited The Egyptian Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:35:15 +0000 Israel activist (and occasional Israellycool guest poster) Kay Wilson recently accepted an invitation from Egyptian peace activist Ahmed Meligy to visit him in Egypt.


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Quora: Are Israel And Saudi Arabia Best Buds? Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:02:24 +0000 I liked this question, because a lot of people don’t realize the exact nature of the relationship between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Q: What are the general dynamics of the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia?


My response:

Let’s put it this way: no Arab country can be seen to be truly friendly with Israel or they’d lose face. But Saudi Arabia is, at this point, a natural ally for Israel because of the shared fear of a nuclear Iran and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. There are back channel discussions about how to deal with the threat, but it must be kept hushed up.

The same could be said of countries like Egypt and Jordan, with whom Israel has peace treaties. The Egyptian and Jordanian peoples do not like the Jews, to put it mildly. Still, relations on a diplomatic level are good for what they are.

Israel understands that it has to be this way for now and is happy for the cooperation, such as it is. None of us want the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Hezbollah or the Iranians to threaten the region.

It would be nice to think that someday there could be a true peace. It seems, however, very far away, with the entrenched Muslim attitude of strong repugnance for the Jews such as it is today. It’s sad for us in Israel. But we take what we can get.

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Zionist Water Absorbing Facilities Of Death™ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:42:33 +0000 In the latest of Mossad leaks, The South African State Security Agency has revealed that Israel has for decades been creating an artificial drought in Egypt by drying up the Nile using “water absorbing plants”.

“While this may seem like a far-fetched evil plot, it is really quite effective and a much more cost effective villain technique than say, stealing the moon.” explains Senior Evil Villain Expert, Gru.


Villain Expert, Gru

Last week, Israel was blamed for opening its dams and flooding Gaza. Upon investigation, it was revealed that Israel does not, in fact, have any dams that could flood Gaza. But those really bent on implicating Israel on something suggested Israel dumped its drinking water supply for the sole purpose of causing misery to Palestinians.

“Now this is a creative idea. Israel has sabotaged its own drinking water just to flood Gaza, while drying up Egypt. Sure Israelis might die of thirst but the payoff is so evil it can’t be passed up!” commented Zionist Evil Advisor, Dr. Colossus.


Zionist Evil Advisor, Colossus

The Zionist Water Absorbing Facilities Of Death™ also acts as a breeding and housing facility for Zionist sharks, Zionist migratory birds, Zionist storks, and a distribution center for Zionist Pokemon. When asked about its main purpose, VP Operations Lord Voldemort says the ZWAFOD’s mission statement is clear, “To be the fruit of our Zionist conniving. To deliver the best quality wanton misery for no reason whatsoever.”


VP Operations Voldemort

Voldemort adds, “Our facility provides the best no-reason misery service in the Middle East. The slogan of the ZWAFOD is, ‘The Nile. It ain’t gonna be a river in Egypt any more!”



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Egypt “Executes” Russian National Anthem Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:25:23 +0000 H/T Sarah Bee

Egypt pulled out all the stops for Vladimir Putin’s official visit. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi proudly stood at attention as the Egyptian military orchestra welcomed the Russian president with this, um, creative rendition of the Russian National Anthem.

Putin’s pained expression? Priceless.

Putin in pain.

Putin in pain.

Wanna know how it really sounds?

You can understand why Putin found the Egyptian version of the song a bit off-Putin. You may not know this, but Putin has (largely undiscovered) musical talent.

And of course Putin can do so much more than play the piano, sing, and invade Crimea.

Now how could the Egyptians possibly compete with THAT? Egypt might have been better off doing something altogether different. For instance, this:

And you know, there are all sorts of ways to show respect, even if you can’t hold a tune or play a musical instrument. Take this cat for instance:

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Reader Post: Meet Egyptian Pro-Israel Peace Activist Ahmed Meligy Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:02:47 +0000 This is how we can hope for peace. This is how we can believe in peace. This is Ahmed Meligy. He is a Peace Activist in Egypt. He has been jailed. He has been tried. Called a traitor. But he continues fighting for peace. This is his voice. And it should be heard.

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Miss Egypt Posed With Miss Israel. And Liked It Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:08:56 +0000 Following yesterday’s post on Miss Lebanon Saly Greige’s reaction to being caught posing for a photo with Miss Israel Doron Matalon, I have discovered that Miss Egypt Lara Debbane has no such issues.

miss egypt miss israel

Not only that but look – they actually have their arms around each other. And the only “photobombing” going on is Arnold Palmer. Or is it Donald Trump?

THIS is what Miss Universe is all about. Well, that and women posing in skimpy bathing suits.

Update: Dang.

Matalon was also photographed with Miss Egypt, but it was apparently a one-time event. Egypt’s representative, Lara Debanna, was reportedly instructed by “higher up” to keep her distance from Matalon, and to avoid being photographed with her under any circumstances.

“We took a group picture with Miss Slovenia, Miss Japan, and Miss Lebanon,” said Matalon. “She must have received criticism from fans in Lebanon after I uploaded it, and now she will not stand next to me in any situation, and now Miss Egypt is behaving the same way.”

“It’s a shame that we can’t set all the hostility aside just for the period of the competition,” Matalon said, adding that she was not surprised by the development. “We really have a rare chance to meet girls from all over the world and hear about their different cultures.”

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Video: Jen Psaki Epic Fail Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:40:14 +0000 We are no fans of US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki. Which makes us fans of this next video clip, which shows her in all of her bumbling glory.

Incompetence? Or perhaps just taking cues from the big boss?

Note Jen: Gotto always make sure your mic is turned off.

Update: You have to love that last question from Said Arikat *, lamenting Morsi langishing in prison.

You know, Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

If Psaki had any balls, she would talk about the Muslim Brotherhood’s crimes. And go to the urinal.

* not to be confused with Saeb Erekat, although just as keen on propaganda

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Human Rights Botch Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:40:50 +0000 Human Rights Watch



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OIC Members Balk When UNHRC Actually Does Something (Sort Of) Constructive Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:35:16 +0000 UN HeadquartersOver the past week, most of us have been understandably focused on the UN General Assembly speeches by Obama, Abbas, and Netanyahu. There are, of course, other things going on at the United Nations as well, including one surprisingly sort-of-positive development.

Last Friday the UN Human Rights Council took a break from its usual Israel-bashing routine to adopt a resolution in support of LGBT human rights. Buzzfeed understandably called the resolution “rather anemic,” as all it does, apparently, is call for “a report from the U.N. high commissioner for human rights on combatting human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” The resolution that passed was reportedly watered down from a previous draft that had called for yearly reports. Still, this is clearly a step in a good direction. The Washington Blade has listed the countries that voted for and against the resolution.

As mild as it was, the resolution was not without opposition, which came, predictably, from OIC-members Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Egypt.

Buzzfeed quoted Saudi Arabia’s representative to the Council as saying, during the debate on the measure, that,

We feel there is an attempt to impose uniculturality [that] runs counter to religious and cultural practices of some countries. . . . In my opinion, this [resolution] is a human rights violation.

Pakistan’s representative was quoted saying,

The wider connotation of the words ‘sexual orientation’ can be destructive and inimical to our Muslim [faith] . . . and to our youth as a whole.

(Notably, both countries are US allies.)

Such actions and statements are consistent with a pattern by the OIC and some of its members of interpreting any steps towards political tolerance as attacks on Islam. In March of 2013, when Egypt was under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Brotherhood government denounced a proposed (and subsequently adopted) declaration from the UN Commission on the Status of Women for advocating, among other things, for wives to have the right to file legal complaints against their husbands, for the abolition of polygamy, and for women to be able to travel without the consent of their husbands. The Brotherhood’s statement at the time read:

This declaration, if ratified, would lead to complete disintegration of society, and would certainly be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries, eliminating the moral specificity that helps preserve cohesion of Islamic societies.

OIC logoThe OIC also has a history of using the UN as a tool to limit free speech rights, through resolutions opposing so-called “defamation of religion.” Two years after western pressure at the UN finally defeated such measures, the OIC put out a report blaming Islamophobia on “the exploitation of freedom of expression.” The Gatestone Institute said of the 2013 OIC report, “the common thread that binds the entire document together is the OIC’s repeated insistence that the main culprit responsible for ‘the institutionalization of Islamophobia’ in Western countries is freedom of speech.”

The UN currently has 193 voting member states, of which 56 belong to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.  This bloc comprises more than a quarter of the nations that have voting rights in the UN General Assembly, and its outsize influence on the UN in general and especially on the HRC has been noted. Friday’s resolution, however, shows that opposition from the OIC can be overcome when there is a political will to do so. Sadly, when Israel is the target, that political will is not there.

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