This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Army strongman al-Sisi may be Egypt’s next president
- Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri says: Don’t fight the Christians in Egypt
- Israel’s PM Netanyahu slammed because son Yair is dating a gentile
Army strongman al-Sisi may be Egypt’s next president
Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Monday gave itspermission for army leader Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi to become acivilian and run for president. This followed an announcementpromoting al-Sisi from General to Field Marshal. According toreports, al-Sisi will announce within the next couple of days his resignation from the army and enter the upcoming presidential elections asa civilian candidate.
Al-Sisi led the coup that ousted former president Hosni Mubarakand his Muslim Brotherhood government, and he’s become extremelypopular for his tough stand against terrorism, which manypeople blame on the Brotherhood. However, he’s also anextremely divisive figure, since MB supporters consider hima criminal.
Al-Sisi is expected to win the presidential election. What’s ironicis that three years after the Egyptian Revolution that ousted onemilitary strongman, Hosni Mubarak, it appears that Egypt will soon beruled by another. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and BBC
Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri says: Don’t fight the Christians in Egypt
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has surprised observers by appearingto be defending Christians in Egypt. Instead of fighting Christians,Egyptian jihadists should focus their fire on Field Marshal Abdelal-Fattah al-Sisi. According to al-Zawahiri:
We must not seek war with the Christians and thusgive the West an excuse to blame Muslims, as has happenedbefore…
[Al-Sisi] is a mercenary, an Americanized puppet, an impostor,treacherous and sinful with a history ofbootlicking.
Israel’s PM Netanyahu slammed because son Yair is dating a gentile
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticizedbecause is son Yair, 23, is dating a non-Jewish Norwegiangirl, Sandra Leikanger, 25.
One prominent Jewish education leader in Israel called onNetanyahu to “prevent the relationship”:
[T]he consequences of your son’s actions, despite hisbeing private individual, are far-reaching, both in terms of yourfamily personally and in more national terms as well.
On the personal level, his children – your grandchildren, as youcertainly know, will not be Jews; their name may be Netanyahu, butNetanyahu the non-Jew. On the national level, this is the son ofthe prime minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish nation, whowill join the six million [lost Jews in the Holocaust] as IsraeliPrime Minister Golda Meir declared.
Many Jews consider assimilation of other cultures into the Jewishculture to be an abomination. According to one commentator:
I know friends of mine who invest tens of millionsand more, hundreds of millions to fight assimilation in the world.If G-d forbid it’s true, woe to us… I hope it’s not true.[I]f this thing is true, there’s a huge heart-break for him and[his wife] Sarah from this.
This debate comes in the context of a different kind of assimilationissue. On Friday, Netanyahu raised a firestorm by saying that up to500,000 settlers might remain in the West Bank in a new state ofPalestine if a two-state solution were adopted, and that they wouldbe under the jurisdiction of the government of Palestine. ChiefPalestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat shot back:
No settler will be allowed to stay in the Palestinianstate, not even a single one, because settlements are illegal andthe presence of the settlers on the occupied lands isillegal.
This brought charges of hypocrisy from Israeli leaders, who pointed tothe many Palestinians living in Israel. However, Netanyahu alsoreceived criticism from some Israeli leaders, with Israel’spro-settler economy minister calling Netanyahu’s suggestion “ethnicinsanity.” Jerusalem Post and Israel National News and The National (UAE)