# Egypt
Palestinian Lies
Gaza Child YouTuber Majda Abu Al-Ros: Egypt Is Exaggerating The Extent Of Its Aid To Gaza; We Have Enough Food, But Need Items Banned By Israel

Gaza child YouTuber Majda Abu Al-Ros, a.k.a "Majda Daughter of Jerusalem," blasted Egypt for "blowing out of proportion" the extent of its aid to Gaza during the recent armed conflict with Israel and in its aftermath. She made her remarks in a video posted on her YouTube channel, on June 13, 2021. Abu Al-Ros said that Egyptian medical aid was insufficient, and that Gaza had no need for the trucks of food sent by Egypt, because Gaza is self-sufficient in terms of food. She said that what Gaza truly needs are the 1,000 items banned by Israel from entering the Gaza Strip, which Egypt will not send Gaza. Her video included footage of a medical supply truck which entered Gaza, carrying few medical supplies. Abu Al-Ros concluded by saying that the people of Gaza appreciate any aid from Egypt, "but when they are blowing this out of proportion, it is infuriating."

Why Is Egypt Blowing Out Of Proportion The Support It Has Been Providing Following The Recent War?"

Majda Abu Al-Ros: "Why is Egypt blowing out of proportion the support it has been providing following the recent war?

"Ten Egyptian ambulances arrived at the Rafah Crossing Point, but none of them entered the Gaza Strip. It is not me saying this. These are the words of Dr. Mohammad Gad, chairman of the Egyptian Ambulance Organization. Egypt declared a state of readiness in 3 hospitals in Al-Arish and Sinai. But in fact, only 11 out of the 1,400 injured were admitted there.

"Just to be clear – we are grateful for any support, even moral support. Why is [Egyptian] media blowing this out of proportion, I ask. Furthermore, Egyptian doctors were allowed to volunteer to go to Gaza, in order to treat people injured during the war. 1,200 doctors volunteered for this mission. Just see how these people care about us. By Allah, the Egyptian people are great. In short, only one doctor, out of 1,200, was allowed to enter Gaza.

"Egyptian journalists, however, have entered Gaza in droves, and a special show of 'Good Morning Egypt' was shot in front of the Hanadi Tower, which had been targeted. Regarding the aid convoy, carrying food and medicine – 140 [Egyptian] trucks entered Gaza carrying poultry, baby formula, clothes, and vegetables. I saw with my own eyes trucks loaded with potatoes. Indeed, the post-war mood requires potatoes.

"Here In Gaza, We Are Self-Sufficient Regarding Food... I Wish That The Egyptian Government Would Send Us Any Item Out Of The Thousand That The [Zionist] Entity Denies Us"

"Our brothers in the Egyptian government do not know that here in Gaza, we are self-sufficient regarding food items like poultry, vegetables, and many fruits. We have got this under control.

"The [Zionist] entity prevents a thousand kinds of items from entering Gaza. I wish that the Egyptian government would send us any item out of the thousand that the [Zionist] entity denies us. But unfortunately, the brothers in the Egyptian government prevent the same thousand products from entering the Gaza Strip.

"A video was leaked by a member of the security forces in Gaza. The video showed a 40-foot-long truck carrying medicine."

Man 1: "A truck carrying medicine just arrived here. It only contains a few boxes of medicine and syringes. Only 50 boxes. It contains only 50 boxes. Look..."

Man 2: "Film over there..."

Man 1: "50 boxes..."

Majda Abu Al-Ros: "50 boxes can fit on a tuktuk rickshaw or in the trunk of a car. Who needs this huge truck, and all the flags and celebrations? We appreciate the change in the Egyptian government's policy towards Gaza. [As the hadith says:] 'He who is not grateful to people, is not grateful to Allah.' We are grateful for any support, but when they are blowing this out of proportion, it is infuriating."

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Peace Agreements
Egyptian Foreign Minister releases a statement 

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Sukri said last night in an interview that Egypt would cooperate with every government in Israel to continue to drive peace efforts and achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinian people. 

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Middle East analysis
Egyptian-American Political Analyst Magdi Khalil: 

- For 70 Years, The Arabs have invested in hatred, while Israel invested in becoming better than them
- The future lies with peace
- The real enemies of the gulf countries are Iran and Turkey

Egypt received from the United States approximately $100 billion in aid, in addition to debt relief, and an American waiver of half the debt. Had Egypt managed its affairs responsibly, the present value [of the aid] from the U.S. alone would have reached $200 billion. Egypt could have become a major economic power with these funds, but it suffers from bad management and corruption, and this is not the fault of either Israel or America. As for Jordan, its regime would have collapsed. If not for its strong relations with the West, the Jordanian regime would have fallen. This regime still receives aid to allow its survival. This should also be considered one of the fruits of peace.

"The casualties of the Arab-Arab wars and the civil wars in the Middle East number a hundred times more than the casualties of all the Arab-Israeli wars combined. The so-called Arab-Israeli conflict has become a local, Palestinian conflict.

"You are asking how the UAE benefits from all of this. The UAE has two big enemies right now – Turkey and Iran. Israel can be a powerful ally in the confrontation with Iran.

"For over 70 years, the Arabs have been investing in hatred towards Israel, while Israeli has been successfully investing in becoming superior to the Arabs.

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IDF Operations
Breaking: Israel navy in disruption of smuggling from Egypt to Gaza by sea

In the past week, new "Wasps" have been put into service by the navy, mainly on the Gaza-Egypt border, in order to prevent attempts to smuggle weapons and explosives. So far, a number of significant actions have been disrupted thanks to the vigilance of our forces from the Navy.


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Middle East analysis
Egypt-Turkey rapprochement stems from temporary political considerations, will not lead to real reconciliation

Egyptian journalist, Shams Mahmoud, on Turkish website: Egypt-Turkey rapprochement stems from temporary political considerations, will not lead to real reconciliation

In the recent months, there has been a considerable warming of relations between Turkey and Egypt, following many years of intense tension and hostility stemming mainly from Turkey's support of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement, which is outlawed in Egypt and is considered the bitterest enemy of the Al-Sisi regime.

On April 10, 2021 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Turkish counterpart Cavusoglu spoke on the phone, and five days later, on April 15, the latter announced that "a new era" in the relations between the two countries had begun, and that a Turkish delegation would visit Cairo in May to discuss the normalizing of relations and reappointment of ambassadors.

A Turkish delegation indeed came to Egypt on May 5 and met with senior officials to discuss the relations between the countries and various regional issues of mutual interest.

The rapprochement between Turkey and Egypt in the recent months has also been evident in the Egyptian media, which gradually stopped publishing the anti-Turkish content that had been prevalent on it for years. 

"At the same time, the considerable difference between the positions of Turkey and Egypt, as well as the desire of the Egyptian regime to 'take revenge' on Turkey and Turkey's desire to 'educate' the Egyptian regime, mean that the relations between them are permanently strained and depend on the external support [received by] Egypt and on the economic situation in Turkey. 

This, [in turn], means that what is [currently] taking place [between them] is just rapprochement based on interests, not [real] reconciliation. It is similar to the 'Gulf reconciliation,' where no side believes the others, especially after those waves of hostility that almost ended with a military invasion of Qatar and a military coup against [Recep] Tayyip Erdogan and his party."

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Middle East News
Summit Meeting of Terror Leaders

Hamas terrorist organization leader met with the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization leader Ziyad al-Nakhalah in Cairo last night (Thursday), in order to coordinate moves and actions against Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Middle East analysis
Does the Egyptian plan to rehabilitate Gaza disguise its recapture of the Strip?

Under the headline "Does Egypt intend to regain control of the Gaza Strip?" The Jerusalem Post published a report raising questions about Egypt's intentions to "regain control" of the Gaza Strip, in light of its participation in the reconstruction of the Strip after 11 days of severe military escalation, the most violent with the Israeli side since 2014.

Egypt, a neighbor of the Gaza Strip, managed to reach a ceasefire agreement on May 21, after extensive contacts with various elements to restore the truce between Israel and Hamas, which Cairo played a key role in establishing and renewing over and over again.

The newspaper believed that the sights of the dozens of Egyptian bulldozers and trucks that entered the Gaza Strip last Friday prompted some Palestinians to ask whether Egypt plans to return to the Strip it controlled between 1948 and 1967.

On June 4, official television reported that Egypt had sent engineering equipment and technical personnel to the Gaza Strip, under the instructions of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to begin the reconstruction process in the Strip.

Dozens of bulldozers, cranes and trucks carrying Egyptian flags floating on the border to begin crossing Gaza were seen in state television footage.

On the other hand, Ayman Selma, a member of the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Council and an expert in international law, confirms to the American news site Al-Hura that "the historical heritage of Egyptian-Palestinian relations and the Gaza Strip in particular cannot be ignored."

Salameh believed that "Egypt now plays a strategic role and that its historical role, and the legal and realistic nature that existed between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, could not be separated," noting that "Egypt did not annex the Gaza Strip during the period 1948-1967."

He explained that "despite the appointment of a military governor in Gaza by Egypt to conduct affairs there, at the time, the documents and courts in Egypt, for all their decisions, confirm that the Strip was never considered part of Egypt."

The American newspaper quoted Palestinian sources as saying that "the presence of Egyptian construction teams in the Gaza Strip means that Hamas and other Palestinian factions will not be able to resume missile attacks on Israel."

Egypt is currently contributing to construction work in the devastated neighborhoods, after announcing a $ 500 million grant as an initiative dedicated to rehabilitating the Gaza Strip, in addition to the presence of Egyptian medical staff during the Israeli bombings, which killed at least 230 people, including 61 children and more than 1,710. .

The sources explained to the newspaper that "it will be difficult for Hamas to launch another round of fighting with Israel in light of the presence of many Egyptians in the Gaza Strip."

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Hamas
Hamas Demands Terrorists Release, Israel Refuses

Discussions began in Cairo between Egyptian intelligence and a delegation of Hamas terrorist organization's military wing, led by Marwan Issa, on an Egyptian outline for rescuing the prisoner exchange deal from the dead end.

Hamas demands the release of hundreds of murderous terrorists and some of the terror leaders who are imprisoned in Israel with sentences of many years, including Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat. Israel strongly refuses.

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Middle East News
After Buying Rafael Planes, Egypt Waiting for a French Spy Satellite and Refueling Planes

Starting in 2024, France will begin supplying 30 Raphael fighter jets to Egypt in a deal worth four billion euros ($ 4.8 billion). Experts say this agreement will open the door to other arms deals with France.

"As part of the same agreement, Egypt will likely receive additional military equipment, including a spy satellite and an Airbus A330 multi-mission airplane (MR)," a military researcher at the Arab Policy Analysis Forum in Cairo stated.

Egypt is one of France's most important security and economic partners. Paris's interest is to strengthen its relations with a country that shares with it the same strategic visions in Libya, in the eastern Mediterranean, and especially in countries fighting terrorist groups and extremist groups.

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Hamas
Hamas in Egypt

A delegation of Hamas terrorist organization, which included members from both the Gaza Strip and abroad and was led by Ismail Haniyeh, has arrived in Egypt for discussions with the Egyptian inteligence.

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Hamas
Hamas Delegation Visits Cairo for Talks

A delegation led by the top political leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to discuss the terms of the Israel-Gaza ceasefire agreement, various reports said.

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Gaza Strip News
Egypt's regional status strengthened by Gaza calm

The recent war between Israel and Hamas has strengthened Egypt's regional status, which has become a source of calm in tensions in the region.

Egypt has interests that the calm on the Gaza border will be maintained for a long time and it receives support from the Biden administration in its efforts to achieve long-term calm.

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Gaza Strip News
Egypt delegation helps rebuild Gaza

The delegation from Egypt is assisting Gaza to clean up and rebuild from the most recent war with Israel. Source: H Breaking News 

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Middle East News
Prisoners in exchange for rehabilitation… The chances of success of the Israel-Hamas agreement increase

"Israel awaits final offer from Egyptian mediator within a few days"

At a time when Egypt is working to achieve a truce between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, including a prisoner exchange deal and economic and political issues, the Israeli media reported on Wednesday that the chances of an agreement between Israel and Hamas have increased.

A senior Israeli political source said, according to reports on the Hebrew Ynet website, that the possibilities of ending a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas have become different from the past and explained that the likelihood of success has increased.

He noted that the deal would include the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, and the release of two other civilians, Avra Mangrasa and Hisham al-Sayed, who are being held by the movement in the Gaza Strip, and that Israel awaits the Egyptian mediator's final offer within days .

He also explained that Israel had conditioned the rehabilitation of Gaza on the completion of the POW deal.

Hamas is reported to be agreeable

These developments came after Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, confirmed on Monday that there was a "good opportunity" to summarize the prisoner file between the two sides.

Asked by AFP about the imminent completion of a prisoner exchange deal, he said, "There is a real opportunity in this case, and we are ready for urgent and urgent indirect negotiations to complete the case," adding, "We have a good opportunity to move this issue."

It is worth noting that Hamas captured four Israelis, including two soldiers, who according to Israel were killed during the 2014 war, but the movement did not reveal details about their fate.

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Middle East analysis
Commentary: Don't be misled by the Egyptian smile. Cairo is responsible for almost every rocket launched from Gaza at Israel

The smuggling routes of Hamas in Gaza go through Egypt and Sinai. Abbas Kamel, head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, is apparently familiar with them. But it suits him to turn a blind eye  

Don't let the high-profile visit by the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel, mislead you. I wrote about it previously – Egypt is responsible for almost every rocket that is launched at Israel from Gaza, whether manufactured locally in Gaza or imported from Lebanon, Syria or any other place.  

To manufacture rockets in Gaza, Hamas needs to import raw materials and machinery. To import parts or entire rockets, Hamas needs a logistical route. In both cases, the logistical route passes through Egypt and Sinai. The sea is to the west, and the State of Israel is to the north and the east.   

You also shouldn't believe the reports by the Defense Ministry or politicians in the Knesset that Hamas obtained the materials it needs for its rocket network by disguising them as humanitarian aid. Occasionally, these kinds of materials are captured at the border crossings controlled by Israel, but most of it is brought in via the Philadelphi route, either above it or below it.    

During 11 days, Hamas launched 4,000 rockets. How many does it have in its storehouses? It appears that it has several thousand more. For this amount of rockets, you need a lot of metal, materials for creating propulsion, materials for manufacturing engines, machinery and more. Manpower needs to be sent overseas for training, and then returned to Gaza afterwards. How do you go overseas from Gaza? You guessed it, via Egypt. Again, officially via the Rafah border crossing or unofficially via the Philadelphi route.      

Does Kamel know about this? Well, he's supposed to know about it. The Egyptian intelligence services are very concerned about the Islamic movement, and therefore they monitor Hamas in Gaza. People, goods, messages in the media and more. It isn't by chance that Kamel always serves as a mediator. Hamas listens to him because it is dependent on him.     

The smuggling route of Hamas to Gaza passes, at least according to assessments, via the seaports somewhere in the area of the Gulf of Aden (the Middle East or Africa), via a land route to Egypt, and then via Sinai to Gaza. Kamel and the intelligence service that he is responsible for are aware, apparently, of most of this smuggling activity that passes through Egyptian territory.      

One of the questions being asked is why Egypt doesn't do anything or isn't doing enough to limit the buildup of power by Hamas. Well, one of the assumptions is that Egypt intentionally turns a blind eye. Why? Two main reasons. First, to maintain the status quo with the Islamic movement in Egypt, the biggest political threat to the rule of al-Sisi. Second, to keep Gaza as a bargaining chip with Israel. Although there is a peace agreement between the two countries, Egypt still sees Israel as an enemy.    

While the peace agreement prevents a symmetrical war between the countries, but it is less effective in reducing terror against Israel. Egypt can claim that, as is, it has difficulty asserting control over the Sinai Peninsula while facing Islamic State (even though Israel allowed Egypt to bring military forces into Sinai), and therefore, when the question of Hamas is raised, the Egyptians can say "we're doing what is possible." 

In conclusion, the buildup of power by Hamas would not have been possible without the help of Egypt, with the regime of al-Sisi and Kamel's organization either actively helping or turning a blind eye. The Israeli intelligence services are not effective in terms of Egyptian territory and the Sinai, based on a (justified) perception that terror in Gaza is preferable to war with Egypt.    

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Middle East News
Egyptian Oil Service Ship Sinks in the Red Sea

A supply ship and service ship for the oil industry sank in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Red Sea region of eastern Egypt.

A security source said in press statements that the ship was known as "Inspecta-7", a supply ship operating for an oil company, noting that 11 people had been rescued.

He explained that the search was still ongoing for one of the engineers, and also announced the death of the ship's captain.

To date, the Egyptian authorities have not specified the reasons for the sinking of the ship. The Red Sea is currently defined as a war zone following the hostile activity of the Houthi militias, under direct Iranian instruction, against the commercial shipping lines of the Red Sea.

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Diplomacy
Update: Tough negotiations with Hamas

Egypt is investing intensively in a diplomatic effort to achieve a breakthrough that will stabilize the ceasefire and new peace understandings between Israel and Hamas. Indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas are difficult and senior officials in Jerusalem say that expectations regarding results should be lowered.

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Hamas
Negotiations With Hamas?

1111 terrorists, several hundred of them murderers with blood on their hands, this is the number that Hamas terrorist organization demands for the release of the four Israeli prisoners and missing persons held in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt is investing intensively in a diplomatic efforts to achieve a breakthrough that will stabilize the ceasefire and new peace understandings between Israel and Hamas terrorist organization.

Indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas are always complicated and difficult, and senior Israeli officials say that expectations of its results should be lowered. The possibility of deterioration to another war still exists.

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Gaza Strip News
Hamas In Favor of Prisoner Swap Negotiations with Israel

The Palestinian leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, stated Monday that his terrorist organization is willing to engage in direct negotiations on a prisoner swap deal with Israel.

Sinwar relayed the message after meeting Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, who made a diplomatic trip to Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza.

The Hamas leader further stipulated that the matter of exchanging prisoners is not connected to Israel removing its blockade on the Palestinian enclave.

“There is no reason why the two cannot move forward simultaneously and with no connection to each other,” Sinwar noted, emphasizing that Hamas is ready for immediate negotiations.

Sinwar also commented on international guarantees to rehabilitate the Gaza Strip, saying that “would countries and the Egyptians said they want to turn the Gaza Strip into Dubai.”

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Diplomacy
Ashkenazi: No Gaza Rehabilitation Without Return of Israeli Captives

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi stated that Israel will not allow rehabilitation efforts in the Gaza Strip as long as it will permit Hamas to rebuild its terrorist capabilities.

He further stipulated that rehabilitation will be conditioned on returning Israeli captives and fallen soldiers’ remains that are held by Gaza’s ruling terrorist faction.

The statements were made during Ashkenazi’s visit to Cairo where he met with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in the Khairy Pasha Palace.

The Israeli top diplomat expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s role in making the historic breakthrough in peace between Israel and its neighbors and thanked Shoukry for committing to regional stability.

The two discussed challenges of preventing Hamas from strengthening and reaching some sort of settlement with the Gaza Strip.

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