Egypt: Friend or Foe?
November 03, 2006
Egyptian and Israeli intelligence sources indicate that Al Qaeda is focusing on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt as their most strategic stronghold and base of operations against the state of Israel. Al Qaeda is strongly entrenched in the central mountain ranges of the Sinai Peninsula centering on the town of Jebel Hillal. Egyptian forces only maintain control of the major highways, and the mountains of the Sinai are left to Al Qaeda and terror-sympathizing Bedouins. The northern Sinai is the operational base for Al Qaeda and Bedouin smuggling rings responsible for training Palestinian terror recruits and the continual flow of weapons into southern Israel.
During the past two weeks, Israel has been engaged in uncovering smuggling routes into southern Gaza along the "Philadelphi Route." Dozens of smuggling tunnels have been uncovered and destroyed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Although Egypt continually turns a blind eye to the situation, they have been repeatedly asked by Israel to strengthen security along the border. When Israel asked the US-led multinational forces and observer force to step in and rectify the situation, Egypt promised to add 5,000 security troops to the existing 700 along the border. Within hours of the promise Egyptian president Mubarak publicly denounced making such a deal with the Israelis and the additional troops have yet to make it to the border. The Egyptians are making only token efforts in stopping the illegal flow of weapons into southern Israel. In the past week alone Israel has been attacked by various terror organizations using Russian, Iranian, and Syrian made weapons and missiles smuggled into Israel through Egypt.
Egypt is also one of the leading publishers of anti-Israel propaganda. Last year the International Book Fair was held in Doha, Qatar, sponsored by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar. Egypt was prominent with many of the largest anti-Israel publishing houses based in Cairo. Most common themes included Holocaust denial and hate mongering against the Zionist state. Many of the titles call for the immediate destruction of the nation of Israel.
Thursday, November 2, 2006, Egypt's president was in Moscow, Russia discussing possible arms deals and nuclear development. A country that aids Israel's enemies and calls for her demise may join Iran in pursuing nuclear weapons. Does Israel have cause for concern from her southern neighbor?