Should Egypt Arm Sinai Tribes To Confront Extremists?

Military secure worshippers outside Al Rawdah mosque during the first Friday prayer after attack in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany – RC16F7B44310

Al Monitor: In the wake of the worst terrorist attack in Egypt’s history, Sinai tribesmen have begun calling on the government to arm them so they can help counter further such actions. The Nov. 24 bomb and shooting attack — thought to have been carried out by Wilayat Sinai, an Islamic State (IS) affiliate — at a Sufi mosque in the Bedouin village of al-Rawda, in northern Sinai, left more than 300 civilians dead, including 27 children.

Sheikh Issa al-Kharafin of the Rumailat tribe told Al-Monitor that military officials and leaders of north Sinai tribes have held several meetings to develop a framework for coordination going forward. According to Kharafin, the meetings were conducted separately with each tribe, some of which requested that the state arm their members to actively participate in military and security operations against violent extremists.

There are some 11 tribes in the Sinai Peninsula, and over the years, they have quietly worked with the army, most recently by providing information about the extremists’ hideouts. Kharafin said security officials told the tribes’ seeking arms that their requests would be taken into consideration. He, however, opposes such a move, asserting,

Weapons must be kept in the hands of the army and the police alone. Only Sinai residents who can help and accompany the security forces during their security operations should be armed.” more …

OpinionI, against my brothers. I and my brothers against my cousins. I and my brothers and my cousins against the world.” Ancient Bedouin saying.

The Bedouins of today consider themselves to be descendants of Abraham, mainly through his son Ishmael and are considered more hospitable to strangers than tribes of Edomite/Amalekite origins.

Sufi’s practice mystical Islam and are considered heretics by ISIS for accepting Jews as brotherly people.

Modern Arabs and Muslims are largely descendants of Ishmael and Esau. About Ishmael, the Bible says: “He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him” (Genesis 16:12). About Esau, the Bible says “Jacob I have loved but Esau I have hated” (Malachi 1:2-3).

Even with the Genesis warning about Ishmaelites, it is the Amalekite, descendants of Esau’s illegitimate grandson Amalek, whom God has sworn to be at war with in every generation (Exodus 17:16).

The Sinai’s 11 tribes then, should be a clear reminder as to the futility of the war on terror. That the tribes fight and kill each other over Islamic ideology, is sometimes lost on the fact that they share a common enemy – the Jew.

And that is the basis for the Psalm 83 war when each of the three tribes will come together under the banner “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

Psalm 83:6-8 records that the Psalm 83 invaders represent both Edom and Ishmael (a reference to the marriage of Esau to Ishmael’s daughter).

Edom and Amalek – (Palestinians of southern Israel) – Edomites/Sunni
Philistia – (Palestinians of Gaza) – Edomites/Sunni
Ammon, Moab – (Arabs of central and northern Jordan) – Edomites/Sunni
Gebal and Tyre – (Arabs of northern (Sunni) and southern Lebanon (Shia) – mixed
Assyria – (Arabs of Syria and northern Iraq) – Kurds (Medes)
Ishmaelites – (Arabs of Saudi Arabia) – Ishmaelites/Sunni possible Bedouin

(source chapter 7 Blood Feud)