Egypt has launched a major information offensive against a number of Islamic countries and movements based on information provided by captured Hezbollah operatives. These include Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, Qatar and Hamas.

The official Egyptian government daily newspaper, al-Ahram, devoted its main front-page headline Saturday to an unprecedented attack against the leaders of Iran, Syria, Qatar, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, Hamas, as well as the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera television network and Hezbollah’s al-Manar television.

Al-Ahram accused those countries and organizations, which have been dubbed by Egyptian commentators as the “Axis of Evil,” of collaboration with the “plot” to topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime from power by means of terror attacks inside Egypt.

The state newspaper accused Syria of trying to “rock the foundations of the regime.” It accused Hamas of giving extended assistance both to Hezbollah’s terror cells and to the network’s commander, Sami Shihab, who was smuggled into Egypt from Gaza. Qatar was condemned for inviting Iran, a non-Arab and non-member state, to the Arab League’s meeting.

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Al-Jazeera was attacked for “incitement” and “providing hostile propaganda services to all the countries and bodies that were involved in the attempt to bring about the collapse of the Egyptian regime’s stability.”

The newspaper also cites the involvement of seven Israeli Arabs, who were arrested in the context of the affair. According to the report, the seven are Israeli citizens who have lived in Egypt for many years and were recruited to join Hezbollah’s terror cell.

An official Egyptian government spokesman in Cairo said on Saturday Egypt would not be prepared either to forgive Hezbollah Secretary General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah or to achieve reconciliation.

Mr. Mubarak rejected a meditation effort that was made by Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berr, a veteran Lebanese politician from the Shiite community with close relations with Mr. Nasrallah.

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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.