World View: Egypt's Judges Prepare to Act Against Morsi
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Egypt's lawyers threaten strikes and legal action against Morsi
- Hamas says it's OK to smuggle weapons into Gaza again
Egypt's lawyers threaten strikes and legal action against Morsi
Anti-Morsi demonstrations in Tahrir Square on Friday (Reuters)
Egypt's government, which had begun to appear more stable in recent
months, is now in a state of total chaos, after president Mohamed
Morsi issued his decree on Thursday giving himself full dictatorship
power that can't even by challenged by the courts. On Saturday,
different groups of judges held separate extraordinary meetings and
assemblies, either supporting or condemning Morsi. Hundreds of judges
at the general assembly for the Judges' Club at the High Court
discussed measures to oppose Morsi, and have called for strikes in
Alexandria and other cities. However, the reform judges caucus
"Judges for Egypt" announced their support for Morsi, claiming that
Morsi's opponents want to reinstate the old regime of Hosni Mubarak.
Hamas says it's OK to smuggle weapons into Gaza again
A spokesman for Hamas is saying that it's untrue that that the
Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement signed by Hamas and Israel on
Wednesday forbids the importation of more weapons. He was commenting
on reports that claimed special US army units would be deployed along
the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of
weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups.
And indeed, I posted the full text of the agreement a couple of days ago, and it
says absolutely nothing about forbidding Hamas from importing
more weapons and missiles.
However, an Israeli official pointed out that a White House
statement that followed the agreement does imply military
help from America in blocking weapons smuggling into Gaza.
Here is Wednesday's White House statement:
"Readout of the President’s Call to Prime Minister
President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and
reiterated his commitment to Israel’s security.
The President made clear that no country can be expected to
tolerate rocket attacks against civilians.
The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s
efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a
sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem.
The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the
Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the
Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the
right to defend itself.
The President said that the United States would use the
opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help
Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the
smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.
The President said that he was committed to seeking additional
funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense
The next-to-last paragraph says that America will help prevent weapons
smuggling, without saying how. Does this imply that the president
offered military help in preventing weapons smuggling? If not, then
what kind of help was intended? Jerusalem Post and White House
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