web analytics
January 30, 2015 / 10 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


IDF Leadership Facing New Terrorist Front in the Lawless Sinai

An IDF soldier patrolling Israel's border with the Sinai.

An IDF soldier patrolling Israel's Sinai border.
Photo Credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90

The Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gatnz discussed Thursday the rocket fire that hit the city of Eilat in southern Israel Wednesday night, and described the incident as an “extremely severe act of hostility.”

During his speech at the Chief of the General Staff’s outstanding officers ceremony, Lt. Gen. Gantz said that “whoever tests our strength, from both far and near, from the Gaza Strip or the Sinai Peninsula, or any other place, will find himself facing a powerful and ingenious military, prepared to defend Israel and overcome its enemies.”

Lt. Gen. Gantz added that those planning and executing terror attacks against Jewish targets worldwide, among them the attack in Toulouse, France, are intently watch by the IDF as well. “We know the source of these terror attacks. Those behind the hatred and terror attacks must know that whether in the Gaza Strip, in Lebanon or anywhere else, the State of Israel eventually reaches anyone attempting to harm Israeli civilians and the Jewish people,” stressed the Chief of Staff.

Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said at an intelligence officers’ graduation ceremony held Thursday that “more than ten terror bases in Sinai were revealed and dismantled over the past few months.” In his speech to the new officers, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi described recent military intelligence operations.

Regarding the rockets that hit the tourist city of Eilat in southern Israel last night, Kochavi confirmed that the rocket fire originated in the Sinai area and that the incident “represents that drastic change the region is going through. Terror organizations continue to increasingly base there, constantly strengthening their grip.”

But the real problem before the IDF is not military but political. With the swift changes in the regime in Cairo and, consequently, the tenuous diplomatic relations between Egypt and Israel, any direct Israeli action to curb terrorist groups in the Sinai could be interpreted by Egypt’s new rulers as a violation of the 1979 peace agreement, leading to a crisis which could get out of control.

And so, while Israel has been able to chase with impunity after rocket launching terrorists in the Gaza strip, it must be very careful in operating against similar groups in the Sinai

Maj. Gen. Kochavi addressed the role of the new IDF Intelligence officer and said that “We must gain experience and prepare for new frontiers in order to overcome threats and the regional security imbalance characterizing the region in recent years. The mission we are all faced with is becoming increasingly complicated every day.”

“The reality is rapidly changing at a pace much greater than in previous years and decades, and is becoming multi-dimensional and more complex,” he added. “In the face of such issues, advanced analysis capabilities, deep thought, as well as innovative and original perspectives are essential.”

According to a recent Reuters report, after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s removal from power, the rule of law has collapsed in much of Sinai, leaving a vacuum where Islamist militant groups are thriving, threatening both Egypt and Israel, and casting doubt on the safety of the Suez Canal.

Hardline Islamists are imposing their own authority in towns where police stations have closed down since Mubarak’s downfall. They preach a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, with religious intolerance beyond what is practiced in the most conservative Islamist states.

Egypt has already paid dearly for its inability to control the Sinai, as pipeline exporting Egyptian natural gas to Israel and Jordan has been blown up 13 times in the last year.

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 “IDF Leadership Facing New Terrorist Front in the Lawless Sinai”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.
V15 US Political Operative Marinated in Hate-Israel Activism
Latest News Stories
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.

V15′s Bird was marinated in his former boss’s hatred of and blame-only Israel mindset.

Palestinian Child Soldiers

Palestinian Authority child soldiers – a crime against humanity.

Children learn how to shoot rifles to kill Jews.

Maybe, just maybe, the new generation of terrorists will one day turn their guns on their oppressors in Gaza.

You are looking at an "armed insurgent" and not a terrorist, according to the White House.

The White House explains that Taliban is not a terrorist group — it is an “armed insurgency.”

The US in November stopped funding a left-wing group that is helping to campaign against Netanyahu

Super Bowl viewers will have to get along with Scarlett Johansson this year.

Cruz and New York Rep. Zeldin complained to Kerry of Obama’s “relentless harassment.”

A Shin Bet sting nabs Arab Israelis after returning from Syria where they join Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked terror groups — a whole group this month.

That’s it. If you didn’t register your party by now, you’re not running for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Simultaneous explosions in Egypt killed and wounded dozens Thursday night.

National religious voters favoring the new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai may be wasting their votes.

ISIS threatens to behead Obama, turn the U.S. into a Muslim province, and destroy France and Belgium.

Locked in Auschwitz, their cries for assistance were not heard, so they escaped through an open window, setting off an alarm.

Hezbollah is a terrorist group and terrorist party, but most and worst of all, it is a huge and powerful army.

Lieberman’s issues a disproportionate response to polls that show his party will barely squeeze into the Knesset.

Boehner criticized President Obama for failing to take the threat of terrorism and the Iranian nuclear threat seriously.

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/idf-leadership-facing-new-terrorist-front-in-the-lawless-sinai/2012/04/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: