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August 18, 2011

Practicing for the Big Day?

Filed under: Israel, politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 8:30 am

Today’s terror attack near Israeli resort town of Eilat was launched from Egypt:

Seven people were reported dead and at least 25 injured in a three-stage terrorist attack along Israel’s border with Egypt on Thursday.

IDF forces were still searching the area around Eilat and the Egyptian border out of concern that there may be terrorists still in the area. Sources said that it is possible that there were as many 20 terrorist in the area, both in Israel and on the Egyptian side of the border.

They added that there may be another terrorist cell hiding in the area. IDF and special police counter-terrorist forces killed seven terrorists during the three coordinated attacks.

It appears that Israelis believe that the attackers, who killed 7 Israelis, were from Gaza, but entered from Sinai:

Earlier on Thursday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the IDF will hunt down the perpetrators of the three-stage terrorist attack along Israel’s border with Egypt.

Barak said that Israel will strike back at the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza in response to the attacks.

Speaking from his office at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, the defense minister added that the IDF was assessing the security situation along the border with Egypt.

“The attacks demonstrate the weakening of Egypt’s control over the Sinai peninsula and the expansion of terrorist activity there,” Barak said, adding “These attacks originate in Gaza and we will act against them with full force and resolve.”

Eilat is at the very bottom; Egypt is to the left, Jordan -- to the right.

That for years now Gaza was shelling Israeli towns is the best kept secret in Western journalism.  However, a terrorist infiltration is something new.  Gaza-based HAMAS terrorist might be taking an opportunity of the Arab Spring that left Egypt weakened.  (What, no Arab Spring in Gaza, as if they don’t have totalitarian kleptocrats in charge?)  Alternatively, terrorists might be practicing for the forthcoming unilateral declaration of statehood by FATAH, which, many commentators believe, will result in a regional war.



  1. I predicted months ago that attacks on Israel would be gin in August or September prior to the elections in Egypt. If the UN declares a Palestinian state in September, my guess is we will see an escalation of the attacks. Syria with the support of Iran probably sees a war with Israel a way to distract their people from their own woes. I’m very sorry to see this.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — August 18, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    • Unfortunately, I think we will see more of this in the near future. However, if Syria and Egypt jump into a full-blown war and loose, they run a risk of seriously infuriating the masses. So maybe they won’t.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — August 18, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

  2. If a Republican “gave away” Israel to the Palestinians and this happened wouldn’t the Left say Conservatives were responsible for the violence?

    Comment by Harrison — August 18, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  3. Yeah, Egypt is now Mulslim Brotherhoodistan and Israel just got itself a new enemy on it’s border.

    It just gets better and better, don’t it?

    Comment by KingShamus — August 19, 2011 @ 6:28 am

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