When students and workers took to the streets in Alexandria, November 1968, denouncing the Nasserist regime, the state-run media announced the arrest of Israeli spies who were involved in the agitation for the protests (Arab Report and Record, 1-15 December 1968: 399).
My mother, who took part in the 1971-2 student protests against Sadat, recalls how the Central Security Forces were beating them with sticks while denouncing the students as “Israeli agents.”
During the 18 day uprising, a young woman journalist appeared on TV “confessing” she was trained by the Mossad to foment those “riots” in Tahrir. And of course it turned out to be a big lie.
And now, the government has announced it caught another Israeli spy gathering information about the protests and fomented chaos with the intent “of harming political, economic and social interests and negatively impacting the course of the revolution”… and “prosecutors suspect he paid protesters to cause friction with the military and to foment Muslim-Christian tensions.”
Seriously what a soap opera.
By this latest case, the Mukhabarat is trying to pull together a cheap move, so that any public criticism against the military would be depicted immediately as the work of Israeli spies. More importantly, the Mukhabarat is trying to convince the public it’s a vital agency, in charge of protecting the country from any “foreign plots”, so as not to receive the same treatment as State Security Police.
The Mukhabrrat is hardly any different from SS. It’s been involved in renditions and torture, spying on Egyptians abroad, coordinating dirty operations with the CIA and Mossad. Do Israelis have spies in Egypt? Of course. And the biggest two spies are Mubarak and Omar Suleiman. One is enjoying a five star treatment in Sharm el-Sheikh, and the other seems to be getting away with his crimes, and possibly even run for presidency!
Dear Mukhabarat, stop treating us like children. Who the hell is this Israeli super agent who will single handedly go around fomenting protests, agitating against the army in the streets and mosques? Get a life, grow up.
Just to point out, tho, similar kinds of arguments were going on this week about the Amina hoax, with everyone immediately suspecting that “amina” was actually a sock puppet for the Israeli/Mossad/Intelligence Gathering community… when in the end it turned out to be just a messed up American couple with very convoluted ideas about how to help the Syrian revolution. Can’t help but feel that this should be a reminder to not circulate conspiracy theories at random without figuring out what (if any) evidence there might be to back those theories. After all, if any conspiracy theory involving Israel is just going to be assumed to be true, than the Mukhabarat get to keep painting a fictional picture of an “Israeli super agent” as their main foil.
I’m sorry if there is a spy then that only means to me that we have to becareful of our foreign policy (ie becareful of foreign intervention not invite in with open arms), but that skinny white kid won’t destroy egypt.
Get a life and grow up; and also as you point out: the regime has uncontrollable/unaware of their psychological PROJECTION i.e. just because the mukhabarat, military & old-guard regime were and still behave as Israeli agents (order-takers, slaves) doesn’t mean the egyptian people are too.
The egyptian military truly NEEDS to believe that their treasonous actions for the last 30+ years is justified. When military officers were de-moralizing arrested protesters from the israeli embassy, it was very telling how they defended themselves by saying ‘we lived with palestinians and we KNOW they prefer Israeli rule to their own palestinian leaders.’ That is the center of their point of view.
Their orientation is Israel.
Walaa, theoretically, there is always the possibility of Israeli spies in Egypt and Egyptian spies in Israel.
With respect, I fail to see how foreign policy affects this. As for any skinny white kid destroying Egypt, you are correct… a lot of people find it comical that this “spy” seems to be failing at the most basic of spying rules… it’s kind of comical that he has his picture taken with banners in Tahrir and in other locations and his FB profile had a lot of these pictures on there.
Either way, this whole thing is obviously a farce… and he hasn’t been proven to be a spy yet, by the way.
lil asaf, they dont need to prove anything. All they need is to create suspicion. We do not yet have a culture of innocent until proven guilty. Quite the opposite. We assume guilt and then the accused has to demonstrate innocence.
every time an israeli spy like that comes to the surface, we witness this kind of conspiracy like articles … it happens also in the US whenever they catch an israeli spy … “opinions” alone aren’t sufficient to make a point here: do you have any piece of intelligence???????? or else it’s a kind of b.s.