web analytics
April 21, 2015 / 2 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Egyptian Army Claiming Success in the Sinai, But Most Terrorists Are Still Roaming Free

Egyptian soldiers preventing Palestinians from coming close to the iron gate of a Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza strip.

Egyptian soldiers preventing Palestinians from coming close to the iron gate of a Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza strip.
Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

The Egyptian army has slowed down its all-out attack on terrorist enclaves in the Sinai, several weeks after its initial, aggressive spurt on August 5, reports Al Ahram, which claims that the terrorist culprits who murdered 15 Egyptian Border Guards remain at large, and seems to insinuate that the lack of progress is rooted in political uncertainty back in Cairo.

Here’s one unexpected aspect of what was touted as a jihad against the murderers: the Egyptian government is going through unofficial channels, employing negotiators to talk to the Sinai terrorists. This has enraged the secular law and order types at home, who blasted the notion of negotiating with terrorists, and are concerned about the Sinai jihadists’ influence on national policy.

It appears that no one knows who is to blame for the bloody attack in early August: was it the Hamas government in Gaza? Al Ahram cites Ramallah-based officials who say so, pointing to the proliferation of Hamas agents in the Sinai in recent years.

Hamas officials deny the charge, saying they are supporting President Morsi and will never do anything to damage his government. Indeed, Hamas has been on good behavior since the Morsi election, confirms Al Ahram.

So things are murky on the Sinai front. Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sobhi Sidqi has met tribal chiefs, in an attempt to get them on the side of the army, especially to buy their cooperation with the intelligence services.

President Morsi sent in his official vehicles a delegation of mediators, including well-known Islamists, to go to Sinai and try to talk sense into the militants. Al Ahram knows about preparations for a meeting in Cairo this week, to hammer out an agreement on ending the violence in the Sinai.

Critics of the government are looking for more resolute ways of imposing law and order, preferably with less cajoling of members of violent groups.

Ashraf Al-Hefni, of the Revolutionary Socialists movement, declared: “The affiliation of the men currently involved in the negotiations is well known. It would have been more advisable for the government to prosecute those who embrace jihadist thinking instead of talking to them and trying to influence their thinking. There are some families in Sinai who have lost sons because of the violence.”

Al-Hefni promised: “We will support the government if it takes action against extremism and its manifestations.”

According to Sinai activist Mosaad Abu Fajr, government induced violence is the real problem, and that the government continues to deal with the wrong people. The mediators, sanctioned by the government, are preferring to hold talks with violent groups that dream of an Islamic state in Sinai, he said.

“This is an expression of failure. The state is not being defeated by social forces with a different political approach. It is being defeated by groups involved in violence,” Abu Fajr declared.

“What is hampering security in Sinai is not the Camp David accords, or the security addendum of the peace treaty. What is hampering security in Sinai is the lack of political imagination … Shall we address the Sinai with the imagination of Nelson Mandela? Should we forget about the mindsets of Abdel-Nasser, Mubarak, and Morsi, and think instead outside the box? Unless we do that, we may lose Sinai forever,” Abu Fajr argued.

The army is not particularly concerned with its critics. It has been talking to the Israelis, the Bedouins and the Palestinians, and has slowed down, if only temporarily, ‘Operation Eagle,’ the military campaign to eradicate terrorist hangouts in mountainous areas.

Squads of police, army, and intelligence services are still searching for suspects in the areas around Rafah, Sheikh Zoweid and Al-Arish, according to Sinai lawyer and activist Islam Kodeir.

Several suspects, including Palestinians, have been arrested. They had incriminating images on their smartphones, which connect them with the Rafah incidents.

The suspects are being interrogated.

Military expert Talaat Mosallam told Al Ahram that Operation Eagle has been a success in several ways. Just the presence of the army has helped track down some terrorist cells, even if by sheer coincidence, he said. The operation has also blocked trafficking lanes and shut down many of the tunnels that were used to smuggle arms and drugs to and from Gaza.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Egyptian Army Claiming Success in the Sinai, But Most Terrorists Are Still Roaming Free”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Rav Aharon Lichtenstein
My Encounter with Rav Lichtenstein
Latest News Stories
Amb. Thomas Pickering testified before the  House Armed Services Committee,  about Iran's nuclear program on June 19, 2014.

Forget about Israel, doesn’t Brandeis care about Iran’s abysmal human rights record?

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming towards the Yemeni coast to intercept Iranian ships believed to be supplying the Houthi rebels. April 20, 2015.

As Iran may be re-supplying the Houthis, US warships steam towards Yemen.

A Jewish man with a Russian accent stabbed an Arab worker Monday in Herzliya, next to Tel Aviv, while yelling “Death to Arabs,” police said. The attacker confessed that he intentionally targeted an Arab. The victim suffered light wounds in his shoulder, was treated on the scene and hospitalized. The assailant is a resident of […]

Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems deployed in a military exercise.

if Iran tries to move a Russian s-300 antimissile system to Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel will make sure it doesn’t get there.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow over the passing of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein Monday. “Rabbi Lichtenstein’s knowledge found expression in his literary works. He served generations of students,” said the Prime Minister. He added, “When I gave him the Israel Prize a year ago, I saw before my eyes a great rabbi, teacher and […]

“Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective.”

Saudi Arabia has posted an alert of a possible terror attack on Aramco’s oil facilities and malls in the capital of Riyadh, Bloomberg News reported Monday morning. “We have informed security forces to be on alert and to take any necessary security procedures [against] a possible terrorist attack attempt,” spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told the […]

President Reuven Rivlin granted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu two more weeks Monday morning to form a new government coalition after negotiations with different t parties have not produced a positive result. Rivlin really had no other choice. He would like to see a national unity government with the Likud and the Zionist Union, the euphemism […]

He followed and spread the teachings of his late father-in-law, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

An Egyptian court has sentenced an Egyptian man and two Israeli citizens to life in prison for allegedly spying for Israel. The Israeli citizens were sentenced in absentia, and are unlikely to travel to Egypt to serve their sentences. The Egyptian man, Salama Muhammed Saliman, was convicted of giving the two Israelis information regarding both […]

Netanyahu met with children of parents who lost their lives in service to the State of Israel.

Bennett drew his red line on Twitter, but don’t worry. There is a Jewish solution.

Former chief Rome Rabbi Elio Toaff died on Sunday the age of 99, two weeks before what was supposed to be his 100th birthday. He served as chief rabbi of the city for 51 years until 2002 after having served as the chief rabbi of Venice. Rabbi Toaf once prayed with Pope John Paul II, […]

The Egyptian army has destroyed 185 smuggling and terror tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza since February, according to the country’s military spokesman. Sixty-nine of them were destroyed in the past three weeks. One of them was more than a mile long and 10 feet deep and was used for smuggling weapons and […]

Israeli workers making a flags of Israel at the Berman’s Flags and Embroidery factory in Jerusalem on April 19, 2015, prior to the Israel 67th Independence day.

More Articles from Jacob Edelist
F130210FFMS04

“Over-exposure of security and intelligence activities may seriously harm state security.”

Handle of a footed marble basin decorated with Seilenoi heads, the 1st century BCE.

Lionized as “the greatest builder in human history,” King Herod was also demonized for his cruelty and his shady religious origins.

“We expect continued firing of hundreds of rockets in the coming days.”

The plan is to stagger their recruitment, to allow IDF manpower officials to study the process.

Hamas called the meeting to try and avoid further casualties.

Some of the supervised, ‘bug-free,’ leafy vegetable growers are using higher levels of pesticides than allowed by Health Ministry standards.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday that Iran has in its possession UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) which are far more advanced than the one which the Hezbollah recently sent into Israel.

Last Sunday, Netanyahu told Likud ministers he plans on adopting part of the report without relating to broad legal interpretations, to avoid international criticism. Still, the proposal will add legal flexibility and remove bureaucratic obstacles, making Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria considerably easier.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egyptian-army-claiming-success-in-the-sinai-but-most-terrorists-are-still-roaming-free/2012/09/03/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: