dinsdag 21 oktober 2008

Egypte viert zinken Israelisch schip in 1967 / Shimon Peres bezoekt Egypte op uitnodiging van Moebarak

Ben ik de enige die hierin een tegenstelling ziet?
Het vieren van (zogenaamde) overwinningen op een bondgenoot is niet echt een teken van goede smaak.
In tegenstelling tot Egypte en Syrië houdt Israël nooit overwinningsfeesten of herdenkingen voor de verschillende oorlogen die het heeft gewonnen.
Egyptian Navy launches largest exercise in history celebrating attack on Israel
Dr. Aaron Lerner
Date: 20 October 2008

Haaretz correspondent Yoav Stern reports in today's Hebrew edition: that the Egyptian Navy will carry out the largest exercise in its history at the end of this week, calling it "Victory 41" to mark the sinking of the Israeli Navy vessel Eilat 41years ago.  47 Israeli sailors died and 91 were wounded in the attack.  The day has been set as a holiday for Egyptian naval forces.

Stern quotes an interview in Al Ahram in which Vice admiral Mohab Mamish, Commander In Chief Of The Egyptian Navy, notes that the Egyptian Navy has advanced world class frigates, destroyers, fast missile boats, and submarines outfitted with advanced missiles and that the Navy has supply contracts with Germany, Russia and the U.S.

Stern notes in contrast that Israel has only a few missile boats.

Stern reports that Israeli officials are not concerned by the considerable advantage that the Egyptian Navy has over the Israeli Navy in terms of its size and the weapons system it has "since there is peace between the countries."

It should be emphasized this was apparently not a sarcastic remark reported by Stern tongue in cheek but instead presented as if it were a genuine, logical, serious and responsible position.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Jerusalem, 20.10.08

President Shimon Peres Will Travel to Egypt on Thursday at the Invitation of President Mubarak
President Shimon Peres will leave on the morning of Thursday, 23.10.08, for Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, as an official guest of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The two Presidents will hold joint working meetings and will discuss - inter alia - advancing the peace process between Israel and its neighbors, strengthening ties between Israel and Egypt, the matter of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, and a variety of other state and security issues.  The two will also discuss the global financial crisis and its possible ramifications in the Middle East.
It should be noted that during a telephone conversation on the eve of Rosh Hashanah and Eid al-Fitr, President Mubarak invited President Peres for an official visit during which the two Presidents would be able to discuss shared paths for regional progress and advancement.

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