This isn’t just another terrorist attack—it’s a major escalation, a new phase in the Arab-Israeli conflict in two ways. First, it is the bitter fruit of the U.S.-backed downfall of the government of President Husni Mubarak in Egypt. Second, it is probably the first successful al-Qaida attack on Israel. (The Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees, a Gaza-based al-Qaida affiliate is the prime suspect.)Continue reading News Flash: New Phase in War as Terrorists Cross Egypt-Israel Border, Many Dead
A group of up to 20 terrorists using vehicles fired across the Egypt-Israel border and then entered Israeli territory. Their armaments included mortars, and an RPG as well as handguns. The terrorists fired on vehicles—at least two buses and an auto–travelling on Israel’s highway 12 between Beersheva and Eilat. Soldiers engaged the terrorists in a firefight killing three. Several soldiers were wounded.
Here is some background material by Barry Rubin on events in Egypt and Sinai:
- August 11: Terrorism Returns to Egypt, Will Sanity about Islamism Arrive in the West?
- July 25: NATO Allies, Egyptian “Democracy” Become Main Weapons’ Suppliers for Hamas
- March 15: A Weapons-Laden Ship for Gaza Marks A Big Transformation of the Middle East
- February 24: Egypt's Revolution: The More They Reassure Us, The More We Worry
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). His latest book is Israel: An Introduction, to be published by Yale University Press in January 2012. You can read more of Barry Rubin's posts at Rubin Reports, and now on his new blog, Rubin Reports, on Pajamas Media
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