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September 24, 2012 12:07 pm

Egypt Warns Israel Against Entering Sinai After Deadly Terror Attack

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As calls are being heard for the Israel Defense Forces to enter Sinai to combat rampant terror there, Cairo sent a clear message on Monday that it will not allow Israeli forces to enter the Egyptian peninsula, Israel Hayom reported, citing the Egyptian website “Masrawy.”

“Egypt will cut off the hand of any aggressor, from within as well as without,” an unnamed senior official in Egypt’s Supreme Military Council said, according to the website.

The official reportedly added that the Egyptian leadership was closely monitoring developments in Israel following a deadly clash Sept. 21 between Sinai terrorists and Israeli forces on the Sinai border. All three terrorists were killed in the clash, as was one Israeli soldier.

Egypt is “conducting itself wisely and calmly, and will not let anyone harm even one centimeter of Sinai soil,” the official was quoted as saying.

On Sunday, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz remarked that even when Israel completely seals its border with Egypt, the threat of terror emanating from Sinai will not be eliminated.

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  • Matt

    No one can say what will happen Morsi is moving faster than originally envisaged, the time frame was that something would occur in relation to the treaty and Sinai by the time the alternative to the Suez was constructed. It may come earlier, he is moving fast. You cant say if because of Egypt/Israel relations, the treaty, the Sinai and if the Suez Canal will be closed or transit interrupted in the future. At the moment the fence and strategy is of a defensive nature as is the rail alternative to the Suez. That may change in the future due to events that are outside Israel’s control. Certainly once Egypt is fiscally stable and independent the US influence over the treaty and Egypt will diminish. If things went well for Morsi that would be around the time the railway is completed.

    As you can see via US statement in relation to Camp David and a strike on Iran, and the fiscal time line I have mentioned. The US is really saying they will appropriate the cancellation of the treaty in response to a strike on Iran.

    The US threatens, Egypt threatens, Iran threatens, Qatar threatens. None of it is helpful. Thuggery dressed up as outreach and diplomacy. There is two visions one of the peace process and an alternative. The alternative to the Suez is part of that, Jordan as Palestine, etc.