Well, well, well... A major dispute is now brewing between Egypt and Hezbullah/Iran. A few days ago, Egypt caught a large cell of Hezbullah terrorists (including an Israeli Arab, btw), which was operating in Egypt. While Egypt has pretty much turned a blind eye to weapons being smuggled into Gaza by Hezbullah, this time the Iranian operated terror group intended on murdering Israeli tourists vacationing in the Sinai and also apparently Hezbullah intended on blowing up ships in the Suez canal. That could have cost Egypt billions in lost revenue and also weakened the Egyptian government standing in the eyes of its people. So Egypt started a war of words with Hezbullah, including calling Nasrallah a "monkey Sheik" in the government-controlled press (Take that, you monkeys!). And Egyptian ministers are calling for the indictment of Hezbullah leader Nasrallah's for terrorism. Wow. Now, that would be great!
Here's an interesting perspective from Haaretz:
From news article:
It is sometimes hard to believe the remarks coming out of Cairo over the past 48 hours are actually directed at Hezbollah. The Egyptian press has tagged its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, with denigrating epithets like the "monkey sheikh," and remarks from security officials in Cairo to the Israeli press sound reminiscent of how generals speak in times of war.
One possible explanation for Hezbollah's actions is that its leader became a victim of his own hubris. After blatantly intervening in Palestinian affairs, he took de facto control of Lebanon and openly threatened Egypt during Israel's Gaza offensive for supposedly siding with the"Zionist enemy."
Perhaps he erred in believing he could go toe-to-toe with Mubarak, and even hoped the move would bolster support of his organization ahead of Lebanese elections in two months.
Former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (Res.) Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash believes Nasrallah was fulfilling a mission he was ordered to carry out by Iran.
Ze'evi-Farkash believes the Middle East is on the brink of a particularly significant period in its history as the Barack Obama administration calls for renewed dialogue with Tehran.
In Israel's eyes, a high-profile confrontation between Egypt, Iran and Hezbollah is good news.
The question is whether Mubarak has the clout to cause real political damage to Iran and Hezbulah.