Cairo: was it the Lion of Judah?
By Richard Cottrell
Contributing writer for End the Lie
We can be sure that were it not for the Turkey-Israel spat, the approaching vote on Palestinian sovereignty at the UN and Turkey’s flexing of her political and strategic muscles in North Africa, the Israeli embassy in Cairo would still be in one piece.
Nor is it coincidence that the conflagration erupted on the eve of a ground-breaking arrival in Cairo of the new Ottoman Sultan, Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the first stage of his much trumpeted North African excursion.
We have been watching a splendid high drama expertly choreographed to paint a picture of Israel’s increasing containment (or encirclement, should you prefer) by wild Islamic sources that threaten her very existence.
The Likud Gang who run Israel hope to detach a few potential wobblers inching towards Palestinian recognition and of course stiffen Uncle Sam from sitting on his hands and abstaining when the crucial vote is called.
It is certainly more difficult for the United States to abstain, or in fact make any sensible moves in what is now a serious unraveling of the compacts that dominated the Middle East for the last thirty years and more.
Mossad has certainly been playing games around the Pyramids for a very long time. Let’s go back in history to 1956. This was the year of the Anglo-French-Israeli post-colonial swoop on the Suez Canal, which had just been nationalized by the Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, in defiance of powerful western interests.
In this exact moment, an Egyptian-born Mossad agent, clearly betraying all the secrets of Egypt’s most sensitive military preparations, came to light in the innermost circles of the presidential court; too late however to have any impact on the flow of events.
The rapid and disorderly collapse of Egyptian defenses in the Sinai suggested that Israeli troops heading for the canal were significantly guided by high quality intelligence.
It turns out to be a repetitive pattern.
In June 2010 Egyptian intelligence picked up another Egyptian national, Tareq Abdul-Razek Hussein Hassan on charges of two-timing with Mossad.
Prosecutors stated that he used an import-export business based in Egypt as a front to recruit experts in telecommunications and electronic surveillance systems from across the region, with special attention reserved for Egypt herself, along with Lebanon and Syria.
An extremely sophisticated eavesdropping network was found in the mountains above Beirut, apparently designed and presumably constructed by Hassan’s network.
A pair of Israeli overseers who were accused with him sharply scuttled the moment Interpol leveled charges. They disappeared into the desert sands, likely for all time.
More recently we had the even stranger affair of an American-born Israeli citizen, one Ilan Grapel.
His story is a perfect illustration of the serpentine course of Israeli and thus American and NATO intelligence circulating in Egypt.
It may also explain a good deal about the hidden hands working the levers in the recent siege of the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
Grapel (who also employs the alias Ilan Chaim Grappelli) arrived in Egypt bearing an American passport, just before the mass pro-democracy protests broke out in Cairo’s Tahrir (Freedom) Square on January 25th this year.
Images of the suspect holding up Arabic placards, which subsequently appeared on Facebook, suggested he was something far more than a passive observer.
We also learn that Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate (GIS) from the start kept a close eye on this interesting new arrival.
Their own people in Israel clearly tipped off their counterparts in Cairo that this was no curious student steeping himself in Arab culture. Thus all his movements and phone calls were intercepted as soon as he set foot in the country.
The prosecution threw the book at him; “Inciting sedition, spreading rumors, and urging protesters toward friction with the armed forces and to commit acts of violence.”
Behind these strong words are the reports circulated to the Egyptian media that Grapelli/Grapel is actually a serving Mossad officer whose hands were bloodied in the atrocities committed during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 2006.
His cause was hardly assisted by Avigdor Lieberman, normally the Pit Bull Terrier of the Likud government, jumping in with unfamiliar soothing words, like some kindly uncle, “Just a young man who wandered into something. He shouldn’t be jail.”
Grapel has now disappeared into the bowels of the counter-intelligence organizations of the Egyptian state and the country’s notoriously impenetrable legal system. Guilty or an innocent caught in a trap? In the broader context, and except of course to the man himself, it doesn’t matter very much either way.
The Grapel business signaled to the world that GIS and the Egyptian military are well alert to cells of Mossad sleepers working to stimulate “acts of violence” inside Egypt.
Did these include by any chance the recent assault on the recent embassy?
In September 2008 the US embassy in Sana’a, capital of the Yemen, was attacked with bombs and rocket projectiles. There were eighteen deaths.
The customary suspects, Al Qaeda, of course duly got the blame. The Yemeni authorities soon produced a rather different explanation.
The President, Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed the attackers certainly belonged to a group of so-called Islamic militants.
However, his intelligence services inconveniently connected them with Mossad, for whom they were acting as sub-contractors, leaving Al Qaeda out of the picture altogether. This news was not well received in Washington.
Cui bono? Most people understandably have difficulty pinpointing exactly where Yemen is. The embassy bombing was the perfect opportunity to depict this small and backward country – which has never known much in the way of peace and stability – as the ideal rocky and remote haven for the phantom forces of Al Qaeda.
In no time at all poor little Yemen was thick with US Special Forces backed enthusiastically by Mossad.
Not for nothing is this now drone-infested place apparently known within US intelligence circles as “Little Pakistan.”
Of course if you set your face against the empire, expect repercussions.
By March 2011 Yemen experienced the latest popular uprising that became known as the Arab Spring, with the expressed purpose to get rid of the obstinate President Saleh.
He’s certainly no pin up boy for democracy. But this is beside the point.
The Sana’a embassy bombing opened the door to another US intervention in the Middle East. The president paid a high price indeed for tugging the Lion of Judah’s tail.
What can this desert backwater possibly possess that justifies such lavish attention from the US/NATO endless war machine?
Certainly not the spoonful of oil dribbling from beneath the barren soil. Virtually nothing grows there under the fierce sun except Arabian chewing gum called khat, those famous leaves which induce mild euphoria on hot afternoons dozing in the shade.
It is Yemen’s strategic significance that counts. She inspects the waters of the Arabian and Red Seas, which formerly drew the attention of another empire; the British who reigned here before they were evicted by the local tribes in 1967.
The splendid port they left behind, Aden, situated in the deep bowl of an extinct volcano, is the perfect staging post for a great power fleet.
No guesses are required as to whose that might be.
Pictures of the Israeli aerial flotilla which swooped on Cairo to airlift the embattled diplomats to safety flashed around the world.
Perhaps they may in due course inspire a repeat of the famous Hollywood biodramas which featured another great exercise of dubious authenticity; the Entebbe Raid in which a planeload of hijacked American Jews from the grip of the African dictator Idi Amin on the 4th of July 1976.
Cui bono? The virtual destruction of the Israeli embassy in Cairo was an impressive salvo that obviously serves the Zionist campaign to torpedo Palestinian sovereignty and statehood.
Rather than a some random outbreak of rage by Egyptian citizens, who angry as they may be are far more preoccupied with soaring unemployment and the cost of living, all the signs point to synthetic violence stirred by local agents of the Zionist regime.
After all, they have a long track record.
Edited by End the Lie