Skip to comments.Barak: Attack Shows Egypt Losing Control of Sinai
Posted on 06/18/2012 12:02:39 PM PDT by EBH
Monday morning's attack by terrorists against Israeli workers building the security fence on the southern border is further evidence of the increasing failure of Egyptian security efforts in Sinai, said Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Speaking at a meeting of his Atzma'ut faction, Barak said that several recent events, including Grad rocket attacks against Israel over the weekend, meant that Egypt needed to do more to fulfill its international obligations.
We see Monday's attack as a very serious incident, Barak said. It comes in the wake of an incident on Shabbat in which two Grad rockets were fired into southern Israel from Sinai. These two incidents indicate a severe weakening of Egypt's control of Sinai.
We hope and expect that in the wake of the elections in Egypt, whomever is elected will ensure that Egypt lives up to its international obligations, including its treaty with Israel. But first we expect an increase in security activity in Sinai, Barak said. In addition to Monday morning's attack, Barak added, there had been several mortar and rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. The IDF responded, killing two Gaza Arab terrorists, members of Islamic Jihad, the Defense Minister added.
All this meant that Israel needed to remain on alert. The activity by the IDF Monday morning in the wake of the attack prevented an expansion of the attack into Israeli cities, as soldiers eliminated two terrorists. Reports later said that a third terrorist was killed.
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Not sure how Egypt is losing control, not when the Muslim Brotherhood won the election. Now the terrorists are Egypt. Islamic Democracy has prevailed. I’m waiting to see Hillary’s vaunted Westernization of Egypt, resulting from Democracy.
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Perhaps it’s time for Israel to take back the Sinai from Egypt as a security measure?