Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said his country has been facing various challenges, including “a psychological warfare and fabrications aimed at raising suspicion and confusion, and spreading fear and terrorism.”
He also pledged to preserve his homeland and protect his state and its institutions.
Sisi’s remarks were made during audio in which he was addressing Egyptians on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of Oct.6, 1973 victory in the war waged to liberate the Sinai Peninsula from Israeli occupation.
Egypt was later engaged in long negotiations that ended with a “peace treaty” between the two sides and was concluded in 1979, under full US auspices.
Despite the historical nature of his speech, yet the events that have taken place in the country over the past weeks dominated its content.
Egypt has been witnessing anti-government demonstrations and large supportive ones over the past weeks.
“In recent decades, forms and methods of war have changed and are all aimed at destroying confidence between citizens and their national institutions,” Sisi said.
“These wars seek to portray the state as the enemy and foreign actors waging the war as the fortress and sanctuary.”
In September, an Egyptian Spain-based actor and contractor, Mohamed Ali, aired video footage containing charges deemed “offensive” to the army.
Sisi commented on some of these charges back then, affirming that they were baseless and untrue.
Ali’s call failed to rally protesters two weeks ago unlike government supporters, who gathered in support for the current rule.
Sisi stressed that foreign attempts to divide the land always end with deception due to people’s solidity and cohesion to their land and army.
He pointed out that the modern war, which relies on lies and rumors, could only be won through people’s awareness, beliefs and concepts, stressing that Egyptians will achieve victory because they have had enough of the deceitful parties that have been trying to bring Egypt down.