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The radio station's Arab affairs analyst, Eran Zinger, reported Saturday that Egypt has deployed both anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles near Israel’s border in the Egyptian Sinai, without Israel’s permission.
Such equipment is prohibited in Sinai by the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. “Egypt is trying to change the situation in Sinai,” Zinger said.
Egypt’s Islamist president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, wants to “reconsider” the peace deal with Israel and build ties with Iran to “create a strategic balance” in the Middle East, according to an interview published by Iran’s Fars news agency on Monday.
The stated goals are certain to alarm Israel and its ally the United States as they adapt to the new direction Egypt will chart with Morsi at the helm.
On August 30, Morsi plans to attend a summit in Tehran, marking the first such visit by an Egyptian president in decades.
According to a weekend report on Voice of Israel radio, Egypt has deployed anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles close to Israel's border, raising concern that Morsi's intentions go beyond clearing the Sinai desert of jihadist cells.
The 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt limited military presence in the desert peninsula though in recent years Israel agreed to allow Egypt to deploy more forces there to stem weapons smuggling by Palestinian gunmen and other crimes.
After the border attack this month, Egypt launched a joint army-police operation that has raided militant hideouts, arrested their members and seized weapons.
Israeli officials, who say they are in regular contact with Cairo, have encouraged Egypt to take tough action against the gunmen responsible for the assault and have previously allowed the use of helicopters in the operation.
No one has claimed responsibility for the killing of the border guards but a Sinai-based Islamist militant organization, the Salafi Jihadi Group, warned the Egyptian army last week that the crackdown would force it to fight back.
Originally posted by semakka
People forget history....
EVERYTIME the arabs attacked Israel, they got their ass kicked hard.
This time however, will be "last man standing".In other words, it will be EITHER Israel EITHER NONE.
Samson option...they WILL do it, because egyptian army of 2012 is not the one is 1974.
When an army is strong enough to beat Israel CONVENTIONALY, Israel will react NUCLEAR.
Stupid arabs...edit on 20-8-2012 by semakka because: (no reason given)edit on 20-8-2012 by semakka because: *