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June 19, 2012 9:31 am

IDF Chief Gantz: Terror Bases are Forming in Sinai

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IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Photo: IDF.

As rockets continue to fly into Israel on Tuesday, following a deadly attack on Monday in which an Israeli-Arab was killed at the country’s border with Egypt, the IDF’s Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, relayed a message to Egypt, as that country attempts to work through political turmoil and upheaval.

“We expect the Egyptians to exercise their sovereignty in Sinai,” he said.

As Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in the nation’s recently finished presidential elections, and calls for protests against the Egyptian military in Cairo become louder, Israel and it’s defense apparatus have made adjustments to try and deal with the persistence of both political instability in Egypt and a recent revival of attacks from the Hamas terror group in Gaza.

“The operational problem is a different issue, a more significant issue is what goes on in Sinai, where terror bases continue to form,” Gantz said during a visit to the site of Monday’s attack.

Nearly 290 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2012, including 8 in the span of one hour on Tuesday.

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  • saidi

    There is nothing to say only do.

    If there are terror bases being set up in the Sinai, then we need to destroy them, punto. There is no reason to discuss the issue, just do it.

    Israel won’t even have to send rockets into Gaza or Egypt, all it needs do is destroy the bases.

    Even if the Sinai becomes one huge crater.

    • Edward H

      The only problem is then the defensive action becomes an excuse for the surrounding Arab states to go to war with Israel. Although that might be a necessity in the future, for now the best course of action is for Israel and the United States to pressure Egypt into living up to its treaty obligations.
      This is why the United States needs to draw the “red lines” and prepare to stop funding if necessary.

  • kevobx

    It is the star of David (State of Israel) versus the star of Jacob, Jesus Christ. What side is America on? Man cannot serve two masters! Grace and truth is salvation, the kingdom of God is power, and the world is asking for Satan his strenght. Peace and safety, pride and prosperity is the faith of the world. The broad way leads to destruction. Be strong, be brave.

    • saidi

      Do you have a problem with the plain English language? What are you trying to say?

  • “We expect the Egyptians to exercise their sovereignty.”

    IDF Chief Benny Gantz is correct here with these comments.