Another Mossad False Flag?
Sinai attack has all the earmarks of a strategically timed false flag.
by Stephen Lendman
America and Israel use them strategically. Timing is key. Innocent victims suffer. Fingers point the wrong way. Cui bono matters most.
Israel benefits greatly from Sunday's incident. Sixteen Egyptian soldiers were killed in Sinai. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (MB) blamed Mossad. More below on separating rhetoric from policy.
MB's English language web site headlined "Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Unprovoked Aggression Against Rafah Border-Guards," saying:
"Yesterday, a group of criminals and terrorists attacked an Egyptian security checkpoint in Rafah, killing nearly twenty of our brothers, our sons, and stole one car and one truck, and tried to crash their way into Israel."
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya is Palestine's legitimately elected prime minister. He also blames Israel for Sunday's incident. It's "responsible, one way or another, for this attack to embarrass Egypt's leadership and create new problems at the border in order to ruin efforts to end" Gaza's siege.
He added that "(n)o Palestinian wants to kill anybody in Egypt. Any attack against Egypt's security is also against the security of Palestinians."
An official Hamas statement said:
"Hamas condemns this ugly crime that killed a number of Egyptian soldiers and extends its deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the leadership and the people of Egypt."
Israel blamed unidentified Gaza militants. A supportive Haaretz article headlined "Armed militants attack Egyptian army outpost, try to infiltrate Israel border," saying:
"Armed attackers" stole an armored personnel carrier. They "killed around 15 Egyptian policemen." Israeli air strikes destroyed their APC. IDF officials claimed it avoided a "large-scale terror attack."
"A second personnel carrier exploded at the Kerem Shalom border terminal." It connects Israel, Gaza and Egypt. The vehicle didn't penetrate Israeli territory. No injuries were reported.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said: