Op-ed re­view: Si­nai Lib­er­a­tion, Syria’s threat­en­ing cri­sis


The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Amira El-Fekki

Egypt cel­e­brated Si­nai Lib­er­a­tion day. On the oc­ca­sion, Salah Mon­tasser brought back the mem­ory of For­mer Pres­i­dent An­war Sa­dat in his op-ed for state-owned daily news­pa­per Al-Ahram.

Mon­tasser re­called Sa­dat’s as­sas­si­na­tion, which fol­lowed his crack­down on his op­po­nents, writ­ing that the op­pres­sive cam­paign aimed at pre­vent­ing any in­ter­nal con­flicts from be­ing mis­used by Is­rael to vi­o­late its com­mit­ment to com­pletely with­draw from Si­nai on 25 April, as he planned to re­lease more than a thou­sand de­tainees after­wards. How­ever, Sa­dat died be­fore wit­ness­ing that day.

Also in Al-Ahram, Osama Al-Ghaz­aly Harb re­vived the vic­tory of Egypt in Si­nai, as a story which should be passed onto new gen­er­a­tions. Harb also said the cur­rent chal­lenge for Si­nai is to en­sure its de­vel­op­ment.

Mean­while, Emad El-Din Hus­sein, ed­i­tor-in-chief of the pri­vately owned Al-Shorouk news­pa­per, com­mented on calls to send Arab troops to Syria. “The US and Is­rael are seek­ing an Arab civil, sec­tar­ian, and racial war in Syria,” he wrote. Hus­sein said the Gulf coun­tries would be com­mit­ting a mis­take to fol­low such calls, as they would cer­tainly not be fight­ing a de­feated Is­lamic State group, but rather con­fronting Iranian mili­tias and Bashar Al-As­sad.

For his part, Al-Ahram’s Makram Mohamed Ahmed said Egyptian ef­fort to find a so­lu­tion to the Syr­ian cri­sis is putting hope on the sup­port of the French. Ahmed added that there is a ris­ing in­ter­na­tional de­mand for po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion and di­a­logue in Syria, as well as for trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the use of chem­i­cal weapons al­le­ga­tions, dis­cussing reper­cus­sions fac­ing Syria, in­clud­ing fur­ther di­vi­sions due to in­ter­fer­ence by for­eign in­flu­en­tial pow­ers.

On a dif­fer­ent note, Al-Masry Al-Youm’s Soli­man Gouda ad­dressed Egypt’s bor­row­ing from for­eign coun­tries and en­ti­ties, say­ing the pres­i­dent is try­ing to pre­vent any bor­row­ing un­less ul­ti­mately nec­es­sary and with­out al­ter­na­tives.Yet, ac­cord­ing to Gouda, the pres­i­dent needs to set a mon­e­tary limit for bor­row­ing, be­cause ev­ery min­istry will be seek­ing to prove the ne­ces­sity of ob­tain­ing such funds and that min­istries have been re­cently rush­ing into do­ing so, point­ing at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s $500m loan from the World Bank.

Two other op-eds tack­led for­eign me­dia cov­er­age of Egyptian af­fairs. In Al-Masry Al-Youm, Amer Has­san praised what he de­scribed as a come­back for the State In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, which is fol­low­ing up on me­dia re­ports and re­spond­ing to them by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and anal­y­sis to cor­rect mis­taken re­port­ing.

In Al-Ahram, Morsi Atal­lah con­tin­ued his cam­paign at­tack­ing what he called me­dia ru­mours and “poi­son­ing,” with funds from Qatar and Turkey, through the us­age of fab­ri­cated re­ports aimed at af­fect­ing the psy­chol­ogy of the Egyptian peo­ple, which ac­cord­ing to him are con­tra­dict­ing and los­ing cred­i­bil­ity.

Last Is­raeli flag re­moved from Si­nai Penin­sula on 25 April, 1982

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