Israelis get blamed for a lot in this part of the world, but Egyptian officials have plumbed new depths of pottiness with their latest Zionist conspiracy theory.
General Abdel-Fadeel Shosha, the governor of South Sinai says he cannot rule out Mossad was behind a series of shark attack on tourists in Sharm el Sheikh, one of them fatal.
Israeli intelligence agents may have caused the Jaws like terror in Sharm in order to wreck the Egyptian tourist industry he says.
Whether this was an Israeli agent in a shark costume, a specially indoctrinated Zionist shark, or a remote controlled cybershark, the general does not elaborate, but he says the theory needs investigating.
Ahram online relates how the theory surfaced on Egyptian tv:
‘Speaking on the public TV program "Egypt Today" yesterday, a specialist introduced as "Captain Mustafa Ismail, a famous diver in Sharm El Sheikh," said that the sharks involved in the attack are ocean sharks and do not live in Egypt's waters.
When asked by the anchor how the shark entered Sharm El Sheikh waters, he burst out, "no, it's who let them in?"
"Why would these sharks travel 4000 km and not have any accidents until they entered Sinai waters?" asked Ismail.”
According to the Egyptian news website a local marine biologist has already stepped up to dismiss the far fetched theory.
Mahmoud Hanafy, from the Suez Canal University, pointed out that actually there are oceanic white tips in Egyptian waters and sticking GPS units into sharks is standard practice for scientists tracking them.
Throwing up preposterous theories is not the only sign Egypt is panicking over the shark attacks.
Colleagues in Cairo tell me they have been denied permission from the government to travel to Sharm to report on the shark.
Egypt would probably do a lot better to see what the shark scientists rushing to Sharm find out and then acting on their advice.