JERUSALEM- WORLD NEWS TOMORROW: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that according to Intelligence resources that Islamist militants with the help of Iran smuggle in weapons to stage attacks on Israel turning Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula into a “Wild West”.
Israel says that in the fashionable uprising last year, and since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, tensions are intensifying and Cairo has lost its grip on the desolate Sinai. For three decades after they signed a peace treaty in 1979 the open desert border between Israel and Egypt was relatively quiet.
There were no injuries caused by the rocket fired from the Sinai hitting the Red Sea resort of Eilat earlier this month said Israel. Eight Israelis were shot dead by cross-border militants in last August, Israeli soldiers repelling the attack killed five Egyptian guards.
Netanyahu reported to Israel Radio that “The Sinai, with the aid of Iran, is turning into a kind of Wild West which … terror groups from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida, to smuggle arms, to mount attacks against Israel”.Netanyahu also said that “”We are acting against this reality and we are in constant negotiations with the Egyptian government, which is also distressed by this,”Iran has denied that it supports militants alongside its arch-enemy.
The Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has called for a boost to troop numbers along the southern border and was quoted on saying that the situation in Egypt was more perturbing that what was happening in Iran.
On Monday, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt’s interim military ruler, cautioned against any intervention along the long desert frontier. “Our borders, especially the northeast ones, are inflamed. We do not assault neighboring countries but will protect our territory,” Egypt’s state news bureau MENA quoted Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawsaying. “We will break the legs of anyone trying to attack us or who come near the borders.”
By Kevin Brenan Exclusive for WNT News