Abdul Fattah al-Sissi, The Eli Cohen Of Our Time
20 February 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
The ruling this week by an Egyptian
court, classifying the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement, Hamas, as a
terrorist group, underscores the moral nadir the Egyptian regime has reached.
It is also an expression of shocking ignominy as well as the moral and
political bankruptcy overwhelming the present rulers of Egypt.
But, in a certain sense, the shameful act is occurring within the normal
order of things. After all, the Sissi regime is an unashamedly Zionist,
created by the Zionists, maintained by the Zionists and sustained by the
Indeed, the very raison d'être of the Sissi regime is to destroy Egypt from
within, fight Israel's enemies in and around Egypt and corrode genuine
Islamic movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, on the ground that the MB
rejects Israel as a matter of principle and ideology.
More to the point, the brutal ugliness and treacherous credentials of the
Sissi regime became apparent from the inception, when the charlatan general
carried out a bloody coup against the only democratically-elected President
in Egypt's entire history, Dr. Muhammad Mursi. Then came the genocidal
massacre at Rabaa on August 14, 2013, in which thousands of peaceful
protesters were systematically murdered in cold blood.
Interestingly, some of the victims were burnt alive as a hysterically
mendacious media was busy concocting a plethora of lies to justify the
carnage and mislead local and foreign public opinions as to what was really
happening in these crucial hours in the aftermath of the murderous coup.
Today, Egypt is in the grip of a Gestapo-like police state: There are over
80,000 political prisoners languishing in squalid and sub-human conditions in
the regime's dungeons and detention facilities. Women (and men) are
systematically raped and when the women try to complain to an unhearing but
still formally standing justice system, they are threatened with further
humiliation in the form of ordering them to conduct a so-called virginity
Sometimes, young women are detained on trumped-up charges and then released
after midnight far away from their homes. This happens while the Egyptian
justice has been reduced to a rubber stamp in the hands of the Sissi gang. An
example of this state of affair is the issuance by the courts of hundreds of
death sentences in a matter of a few minutes! And when western diplomats
question the enormity of the absence of justice from the Egyptian justice
system, they are told rather brazenly by shameless Egyptian officials,
including Sissi himself that "our judiciary is independent."
The truth of the matter, however, is that the Egyptian justice system has as
much independence and honor as a whore has morality. How else can one
describe a "justice" system that is absolutely and totally at the murderous
regime's beck and call.
Shocked by the mendacious rationale, the diplomats report their observations
to their governments which more or less keep silent or reiterate the same
usual platitudes about the need for observing human rights and civil
The classification of Hamas as a terrorist organization by an Egyptian court,
a court that should be called a house of ill repute rather than a court, is
really an expression of the deep crisis facing the thuggish regime in Cairo
There is a serious legitimacy crisis facing the regime, there is an ever
exacerbating security crisis, there is a silent but worsening crisis with the
regime's erstwhile supporters in the Gulf, the regime is at a de facto war
with the Palestinians in Gaza and at war with Libyans. Ethiopia is
humiliating Egypt as never before. And every day, Egyptian citizens and
security personnel fall dead and injured in the futile confrontation between
a hopelessly corrupt security apparatus and a seemingly determined insurgency
aiming to topple Sissi and his regime at whatever price necessary.
The bloody tug-of-war with the insurgency, which has supporters and
sympathizers inside the Egyptian security forces, is a matter of life and
death for the regime. Hence, the regime resorts to a policy that is
increasingly similar to that used by Syrian tyrant Bashar el-Assad, leading
to the virtual destruction of his country and the death of a quarter of a
million men, women and children. This is not to mention the forced flight of
some 12 million Syrians from their homes.
Will Egypt become another Syria as a result of Sissi's foolish policies? This
is certainly Israel's dearest wish? But Egypt is not Syria and the Egyptian
army is unlikely to allow Sissi to do to Egypt what el-Assad has done to
This is why Sissi and his junta are really worried about continuing in the
present path, not only with regard to possible reactions from the Egyptian
masses, but also about restlessness within the armed forces.
Moreover, the increasing scrutiny of the Sissi regime by the new rulers in
Saudi Arabia seems to be a cause for concern and consternation in Cairo to
say the very least. An Egyptian English news site, Ahram on-line, described
Sissi's brief visit to Riyadh on Sunday as "mission impossible." Some Arab
and western diplomats in the Saudi capital have even spoken of "a Saudi
awakening" vis-à-vis the Sissi regime. The recent sacking and reported house
arrest of Khaled Tweijri, the former head of the Royal Court, seems to
vindicate the view that Saudi Arabia is at least reviewing its unconditional
backing of the Sissi regime.
Needless to say, Tweijri was the Ikhwan's number-1 enemy within the Saudi
government as well as Sissi's premier friend in Riyadh.
Now, with the political winds in Riyadh blowing against Sissi's wishes, Sissi
is expected to return to his default mode, throwing himself and his regime
into the Israeli-Zionist lap.
Hence, there is no doubt that the Egyptian court decision to indict Hamas is
intended first and foremost to impress Israel and obtain a certificate of
good conduct from Binyamin Netanyahu and especially from the powerful
American Jewish lobby.
Sissi, like the former Egyptian dictator Husni Mubarak, must have understood
a long time ago that the best and most effective way to win Israel's heart is
to torment the Palestinians, especially Hamas.
Sissi is also expected to go to a further extent in endearing himself to
Zionism. This explains the almost ecstatic reactions in Israel to the
Egyptian court decision, with one Israeli commentator saying: "Now, Israel
and Egypt are real allies, facing the same enemy."
A final word
There is no point that the classification of one of the most honorable Arab
resistance group as a terror group is considered an act of monumental perfidy
and treason to thousands of Egyptian martyrs who died fighting the Zionist
It is also an act of betrayal of the Egyptian army who knows quite well that
Egypt's real enemy is Israel, not the Palestinian brothers who are
effectively guarding Egypt's eastern borders.
But the disgraceful court verdict, which couldn't have been made without
Sissi's acquiescence, is also a message to the Egyptian people.
The message is amply clear. It says Sissi is Israel's agent in Cairo. Period.
Now, the proverbial ball is squarely in the Egyptian people's court…and that
of the Egyptian armed forces.
How much longer will they allow the Eli Cohen of our time to rule them and
destroy their country?
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and political
commentator living in occupied Palestine