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Rocket attacks continue to plague the south of Israel, the last one occurring a few days ago. The IDF deployed an anti-rocket “Iron Dome” battery in Eilat a few weeks ago. These latest strikes follow the massive attack which took place on August 5th, which claimed the lives of sixteen Egyptian soldiers and which was finally blocked by the IDF on Israel’s southern border.
These events are not recent developments. Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former president, was ousted from his position in disgrace in February of 2011. Since that time, the balance of power in the Sinai Peninsula has changed dramatically, and it seems that the change is to the detriment of all parties in the region, excluding the power factors in the Gaza Strip – the terrorist organizations of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and other minor organizations.
Since the deposing of Mubarak, terror organizations which originate from the Gaza Strip have taken control of the Sinai Peninsula, along with other terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, which develop their infrastructure of terror everywhere they can, and especially in areas that suffer from lack of government and neglect, such as the Sinai region. In recent months, they have operated an industry of terrorism at an unprecedented magnitude, including weapons experiments, weapons smuggling, and terrorist attacks. Since February 2011, the IDF has received several reports on events of weapons experiments in open areas throughout the Sinai. Palestinians terrorists from the Gaza Strip are taking advantage of the lawlessness in the Sinai in order to perform experimentations with weapons of varying grades by firing to areas in Sinai, and receiving way points of the strikes from local collaborators. Through these experiments, the terrorist organizations can improve the weapons’ shooting angles, amount of explosives and projectiles, depending on where the rockets fall.
In addition, the tunnel routes between Gaza and Sinai have developed immensely since the fall of Mubarak’s regime. The tunnel owners have known difficult periods when concentrated joint efforts were made by Israel and the Mubarak regime to create obstacles for these tunnels. They are currently experiencing a profitable period as both their civilian businesses and their collaboration with the terrorist’s industry in Gaza do not encounter any difficulties on the Egyptians part. Some of tunnels are big enough that entire vehicles can be transported through them.
This reality has severely hampered the security on Israel’s southern border. Sinai of the post-Mubarak era has become a focal point for active and brutal terrorism, due to the vacuum created in the region, as the Egyptians do not take responsibility for their sovereign territory, and the waste lands are utilized by the terrorist organizations to the outmost.
Member of Knesset Benyamin Ben-Eliezer, a knowledgeable source on the Egyptian scene stated after the attack: “I hear president Mursy’s statements and I understand he has come to a conclusion that if he does not gain control of the Sinai soon, he will be sitting on a nuclear bomb. Sinai, with all its components – including the Global Jihad, Al – Qaida and other terrorist organizations – is going to become a place that could shake the entire of Egypt.”
Photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters
By YAAKOV LAPPIN Former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin says Israel should allow Egypt’s Sinai military boost for counter-terrorism.
Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said Wednesday that Egypt’s deployment of tanks to Sinai should not be a worry for Israel so long as Egypt cracks down on terrorist groups operating in the peninsula.
“Terrorism is fought with tanks,” Yadlin, currently head of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, told Army Radio during an interview.
By JPOST Earlier this month, J’lem said a rocket fired at Eilat originated in Sinai; Egypt warns against inflaming border situation. Photo: Reuters Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has turned into a “kind of Wild West,” which terrorist organizations use to smuggle weapons with Iranian assistance and initiate attacks on Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Israel Radio on Tuesday.
The open desert border between Israel and Egypt has been relatively quiet since the 1979 peace treaty. But various Israeli officials have said that since the fall of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Cairo lost control of the desolate Sinai, exacerbating tensions.
Related: •Jerusalem and Cairo play down gas crisis•‘Israel accustomed to coping without Egypt gas’ Earlier this month, Jerusalem said a rocket that hit Eilat was fired from Sinai. Last August, cross-border infiltrators shot dead eight Israelis.
AFP Published: Egypt’s Air force chief dispatches warplanes to patrol border with Israel, despite peace treaty terms, MENA news agency reports; ‘We do not need permission to increase our forces on our land,’ General Reda Hafiz says
Egypt’s air force chief said on Thursday that Egyptian warplanes are patrolling Sinai without Israel’s consent, despite a 1979 peace treaty limiting Egypt’s military presence in the peninsula.
“Sinai is our land, and we do not need permission to increase our forces on our land,” General Reda Hafiz told the official MENA news agency.
“Egyptian planes conduct patrols to secure all Egypt’s borders, including the eastern border,” he said.
Parts of Sinai have been restricted to Egyptian troops under the terms of the 1979 treaty, by which Israel agreed to withdraw from the territory. In recent months, however, the Egyptian army has deployed reinforcements with Israeli consent to tackle suspected Islamist militants.
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons One of the holiest days of the Jewish year is also one of the least known. What is Shavuot really all about?
It is ironic that Shavuot is such a little-known holiday. Because in fact, Shavuot commemorates the single most important event in Jewish history — the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
Shavuot is the culmination of the seven-week-long “counting of the Omer” that occurs following Passover. The very name “Shavuot” means “weeks,” in recognition of the weeks of anticipation leading up to the Sinai experience. (Since Shavuot occurs 50 days after the first day of Passover, it is sometimes known as “Pentecost,” a Greek word meaning “the holiday of 50 days.”)
3,300 years ago, after leaving Egypt on the night of Passover, the Jews traveled into the Sinai desert. There, the entire Jewish nation — 3 million men, women and children — directly experienced divine revelation:
“Like honey and milk [the Torah] lies under your tongue” (Song of Songs 4:11). Just as milk has the ability to fully sustain the body of a human being (i.e. a nursing baby), so too the Torah provides all the “spiritual nourishment” necessary for the human soul.
#imag1 Seven fascinating reasons behind this popular custom.
Ahhh… the sumptuous delight of blintzes and cheesecake. Eating a dairy meal on Shavuot has become an enduring tradition. But what’s the source for this? Here are six fascinating reasons:
When the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai, included was special instructions for how to slaughter and prepare meat for eating. Until then, the Jews had not followed these laws, thus all their meat – plus the cooking pots – were now considered “not kosher.” So the only alternative was to eat dairy, which requires no advance preparation.
This raises the question, however: Why didn’t the Jews simply slaughter new animals, “kasher” their pots in boiling water (hagala), and cook fresh meat?
The answer is that the revelation at Sinai occurred on Shabbat, when slaughter and cooking are prohibited.
Another point to clarify: How were the Jews able to obtain milk on Shabbat, since milking an animal falls under the prohibited activity of mefarek?
The answer is that the Jews already had milk available from before Shabbat, which they had been using to feed the various animals that accompanied their journeys in the wilderness.
Torah is likened to milk, as the verse says, “Like honey and milk [the Torah] lies under your tongue” (Song of Songs 4:11). Just as milk has the ability to fully sustain the body of a human being (i.e. a nursing baby), so too the Torah provides all the “spiritual nourishment” necessary for the human soul.