by Gerald A. Honigman
Egyptian Arabs, who
conquered Egypt in the 7th century C.E. from native Copts and Nubians
(who predated Arabs by millennia) return Egypt to the native
peoples whom they continue to subjugate, murder, and forcibly
And we won't even
mention anything about Egypt's ancient Jewish population--who also
pre-dated the Arabs by millennia--and which is virtually non-existant
today. Most of Egypt's last 100,000 Jews were forced to flee during the
last century. The Egyptian Jewess, the historian Bat Ye'or, is one of the
leading experts to especially consult on such matters.
One of my favorite
journalists, David Bedein, had a piece in the Philadelphia Evening
Bulletin on December 22nd which reported that, in the course of a debate
over Eilat in Egypt's parliament, among other things it was stated,
"Eilat belongs formally to Egypt and administratively to the
the southernmost city of Israel, is located on the north shore of the Red
Sea, and is named for the Hebrew Bible's Elath, which is believed to have
actually been located across the gulf in Aqaba in what is now
Jordan. Eilat's importance to the Jews came via its
connection to King Solomon: King Solomon also built a fleet of ships
at Etzion-Geber near Elath on the shore of the Red Sea...(1 Kings
9:26) It was (and is) an important port located on the trade route to the East. The
1956 and 1967 wars largely started over Egypt's blockade of
Several facts related to
all of this are worth noting...
First of all, the
Ottoman Turks ruled the entire area in question from 1517 until after
World War I when the Sinai was awarded to Egypt. Prior to that, the Roman
and Byzantine Empires ruled it from the 1st through early 7th century
There were others
as well. And the Arabs only acquired Egypt via their own massive imperial
conquests, after exploding in all directions out of the Arabian Peninsula
in the 7th century C.E...the same time and way they came to acquire the
land of Israel.
So, for Egypt to pretend
as if the Sinai itself is its assumed birthright--let alone adjacent
Eilat--is a stretch, especially since nations and empires who have waged
war against their neighbors and lost territory as a result rarely get
rewarded with a return to the status quo ante.
But the Jews did just
that--and after developing oil fields, some of the world's most advanced
air bases, etc. and so forth in the Sinai. Egypt lost Sinai in '67 because
of its blockade of Israel--a casus belli--and other blatant and
overt hostile actions.
In return for a
very cold peace after President Sadat's assassination in which Israel gave
up all of the above, it got a massive Egyptian arms build-up (largely
courtesy of the United States), huge quantities of arms being smuggled
into Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terror groups via the Egyptian
Sinai, government-sponsored anti-Semitism which ranks with Hitler's
propaganda machine, etc. and so forth.
As the PLO was
created in Egypt under Nasser's watch back in 1964 (Arafat was born
in Cairo) as a tool to further the latter's agenda, Egypt continues to
bleed Jews via the same and other proxies today.
Egyptians. Hundreds of millions of other Arabs--not to mention non-Arab
Five million Israeli
Do the math...The Arabs
Egypt, like the others,
is merely biding its time...and the results in Lebanon not long ago don't
help matters any. Reports have it that the Syrians are already making
their moves--and not only in Lebanon.
rabbits must repeatedly be invented by Jews to be pulled out of their
collective hat of survival.
The new year ahead will
certainly be no exception.