Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat :
Tariq Al-Homayed
Saudi journalist and writer, and former editor-in-chief of Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt newspaper

Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Do Not Undermine Egypt 

I honestly don’t remember how many times I had written here warning about plots against Egypt - whether before or after the falsely named “Arab Spring” - because no matter how big or small the development, campaigns are always in place to undermine the country and its stability.

Today, after the killing of an Egyptian soldier during an exchange of fire between the Israeli and Egyptian militaries at the Rafah border, we are witnessing a systematic campaign – which has really never ceased – to drag Egypt into a confrontation with Israel.

This is a confrontation sought by Egypt’s rivals with the central goal to make it end its peace treaty with Israel. Efforts are always ongoing to embarrass Cairo with regards to this treaty whether through incitement or accusations of betrayal.

The truth is this agreement doesn’t protect Israel or Egypt, but the whole region. It protects peace and stability and offers an opportunity to move forward with a peace process in the region, no matter the obstacles, such as Israel’s madness or Iran’s destabilizing behavior through its militias.

Blame should not be pinned on Egypt during every war. Rather, it should be pinned on those who caused and incited it. Peace between Egypt and Israel is not a sign of Egyptian weakness, but a sign of weakness from those falsely claiming “resistance and deterrence” for decades.

Blame should not be pinned on those who sought stability in Egypt, but on those who ruined Syria and turned it into an Iranian arena without ever firing a single bullet at Syria. Blame should be pinned on those who turned Lebanon into a weapons cache that only resulted in the oppression of the Lebanese people and destruction of the state in service of the Iranian agenda.

So, whoever wants to serve the Palestinians, and their cause, must be fortified internally, as seen in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. They shouldn’t be exhausted and destroyed internally like Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

Speaking of Iraq, The New York Time published an article the other day about Iraqis wanting to help the Palestinians, but who also complained of the wars that have exhausted them for 40 years. Nour Nafeh, a member of parliament, spoke to the publication about the youth’s disappointment with the United States’ support for Israel and anger towards Iran and the US over their violations of Iraq’s sovereignty. They also complained about the fragility of the Iraqi economy and how it cannot afford to be dragged into the war on Gaza.

Nafeh said that after several decades of war, the Iraqis want to set their affairs straight and deal with their own problems first. This is normal because the Iraqis have not healed from the wars of the past. No less than 270,000 Iraqis were killed in the period after the US invasion, found a Brown University study. The Iranian-Iraqi war left over 250,000 Iraqis dead, said estimates from the University of North Carolina.

So, the weak cannot come to the aid of the weak. For the Arabs to champion the Palestinians, they must be strong in their own state and economy and reason must prevail. So again, we warn against undermining Egypt.