However, many were quick to point out that ever since the Camp David accord in 1979, there had been 30 years without war between Israel and Egypt which seemed to have justified Israel relinquishing the Sinai, with it’s oil fields, air fields, land and Jewish communities to Egypt.
Since Mubarak was deposed in popular uprisings, the situation has gone from bad to worse.
Consider the following:
- The terrorists who carried out this past week’s attack in Eilat entered Israel via the Sinai – which is under Egyptian control.
- A sizable percentage of the weapons making their way in to Gaza originate in the Sinai – which is under Egyptian control.
- In exchange for relinquishing the Sinai, Israel was meant to receive gas from Egypt via pipelines in the Sinai. Since the new regime took over, this pipeline has been bombed 5 times, and Israel has been forced to find other options to meet the countries gas needs.
- The Sinai, which was meant to remain demilitarized has become increasingly filled with Egyptian security forces, as well as other elements hostile to the existence of the Jewish state.
- The new regime in Egypt has made it clear that it is not a given that they will honor the treaty with Israel – the one in which Israel relinquished the Sinai.
And, this Saturday morning, Egypt recalled its ambassador from Israel over the killing of 5 of its security personnel in the midst of the IDF’s pursuit of the terrorists who carried out the attack in Eilat, and in the video above, the flag atop Israel’s embassy in Egypt was replaced with an Egyptian flag amidst a wild anti-Israel demonstration.
The attitude coming out of Cairo is that they will both abrogate the treaty with Israel AND keep the Sinai.
The time has come for Israel to make clear that it was unjust to cede the Sinai in the first place from Israeli control, and that if Egypt wants to go its own way, that’s fine, but that the Sinai won’t be going along with her.
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