Already tagged as The Gaza War, to many Americans the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) air, sea and ground attack into the Gaza Strip very well could be nothing more than the latest chapter in the almost three quarter’s of a century old battle between Israel and her Arab Muslim neighbors. Yet as reported by the pan-Muslim news portal Al-Arabiya (of Dubai, United Arab Emirates) on July 19, 2014, and also the Reuters news service Africa bureau on July 17, 2014, the in-fighting in the Muslim World in regards to the most recent Israel-HAMAS fight has largely gone unreported in the United States.
With the official designation in 1997 by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, HAMAS (“Enthusiasm“, an acronym of Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah, “Islamic Resistance Movement“) is the ruling political party in the embattled Gaza Strip. With the express desire to kill every Jew on the planet, HAMAS as long been accused by Israel of hiding their missile launch sites behind hospitals and day care centers while the terrorist group has hurled hundreds of missiles at the Jewish State, often purposefully taking aim at non-military civilian targets.
When the Jerusalem government decided continued diplomatic negotiations to be useless, only then did the IDF launch Operation Protective Edge on July 8th. Within a week of battle, the Egyptian government has sought to be an active player as regional peace maker. Cairo proposed a permanent cease fire between belligerents, which was quickly approved by Israeli cabinet. Just as quickly, HAMAS rejected it.
Considered allied with the recently ousted from power Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the Egyptian government and people blame HAMAS for the ongoing terrorist attacks in the Egyptian-controlled Sinai Peninsula. It’s also because of the Muslim Brotherhood connection that the North African nation blames both Turkey and the oil-soaked Persian Gulf country of Qatar doing everything in their power to derailing the now rejected peace proposal.
Both Qatar and Turkey supported Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government during their July 2013 removal. The Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri openly accused the MB-allied countries of “conspiring to undermine” any cease fire they broker.
During the 2013 anniversary celebration of the 1973 War against Israel, General al-Sisi invited Defense Ministers from the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Bahrain, Morocco and Jordan to celebrate with his nation. During the course of his scheduled speech, al-Sisi made it clear that the Egyptian people “will never forget who stood with them or against them.”
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is best known to most Americans as the other head of state present when Barack Obama ordered two U.S. Marines to hold umbrellas over them while a light drizzle fell during an open air news conference at the White House. As previously covered by Examiner.com, Qatar has made headlines in America when they recently completed a $13 billion arms deal with the Obama Administration, the largest thus far in 2014. The British-educated Emir of Qatar is believed to be closer to the Muslim Brotherhood than many in the nation’s current leadership.