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Israel Preparing for al-Qaeda on its Borders

A picture of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden above a Palestinian flag

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Since, then al-Qaeda has been gravitating towards Sinai, where the Egyptian military is struggling to maintain security. Days before the border attack, two long-range rockets were fired from Sinai, landing north of the Israeli tourist hub of Eilat.

The IDF’s Southern Command, taking full note of the changes washing over the southern border, has been strengthening the army’s presence in the area.

The construction of the border fence, together with a host of advanced surveillance measures, and the creation of rapid-response counter-terrorism units, are all included in the IDF’s new deployment along the southern border. Intelligence efforts are focused on mapping out the widening terror network in Sinai.

Al-Qaeda’s increasing shadow on Israel’s borders may result in a rewriting of counter-terrorism doctrines. At present, al-Qaeda is the only terror network operating in the area with an absolute commitment to launching constant, immediate attacks.

Unlike Hamas, Islamic Jihad, or Hizbullah, al-Qaeda has no obvious return address and no territorial hold, making it that much more challenging for Israeli security forces to identify and respond to this emerging threat.

Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

About the Author: Yaakov Lappin is a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, where he covers police and national security affairs, and author of the book The Virtual Caliphate. He is also a visiting fellow at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.


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2 Responses to “Israel Preparing for al-Qaeda on its Borders”

  1. Obaid Karki says:

    Its Hezbollah ain’t al-Qaida. Israelis literally too stooopid to insult. The upper right corner logo read in Arabic: JAFAR ALTAYAR BRIGADE OF EAST GOTH and on the upper left corner is Muqtada AL-SADAR BLACK LOGO. Al-Qaida ain't stooopid to tax IDF because if Al-Qaida shoot Kibitzer in his Fatass. Idf will command pentagon America to murder 13,000 sleeping babies, elders & women in Guatemala by Redneck Atari boys who run Drone outta Mohave and think it’s Afghanistan. Milk your prostate before you go to bed you hear me.

  2. Obaid Karki says:

    The Free Syrian Amy said that the conflict they have with Hezbollah, which is allegedly fighting against them in Syria, has now grown into hostility against all of Lebanon. “[Our problem] today has become with Lebanon as a state, it is no longer solely with Hezbollah. It has… turned into an Arab, regional and international issue,” the Anadolu Turkish news agency quoted the FSA as saying in a statement released on Tuesday evening.The statement also warned that the “future” of the Lebanese-Syrian border “is at risk… in case the attacks on Syrian territory and civilians do not stop.”The FSA fired further accusations against Hezbollah, claiming that the Lebanese Shiite party is to send “between four and five thousand fighters” to Syrian territory near Homs during the upcoming days.The rebels also claimed that on Sunday, Hezbollah trained several of its members near the Lebanese town of Mashghara in West Beqaa “in order to send new [militants] to fight on Syrian soil.”The statement added that the Shiite party established monitoring sites near Syrian border towns in an attempt to “control the international Damascus-Homs Highway.”Moreover, the statement accused Hezbollah of carrying out “displacements and sectarian cleansing in a number of border towns… and burning many houses.”The Rebel FSA started an accusation campaign against Hezbollah in February, when it claimed that the Lebanese Shiite party was providing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with military support.The rebels’ accusations prompted a number of Lebanese opposition parties to condemn Hezbollah’s alleged involvement in the Syrian conflict, especially after the FSA threatened it would “retaliate” in Lebanon.However, Hezbollah’s chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah refuted these allegations in a speech he made last week and labeled them as “unfounded rumors.”

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