Israeli army in Sinai for first time after 30 years

After the 1982 withdrawal, Israeli army officially reentered Egypt's Sinai. For some, this involvement in Egyptian soil is a problem just because it can "backlash" against coup generals

Israeli army in Sinai for first time after 30 years

World Bulletin / News Desk

For the first time in more than 30 years, Israeli military assets reportedly reentered Egyptian territory. On August 9, an Israeli drone operating in Sinai airspace with Egyptian approval killed five people preparing to launch a rocket into Israel.

Egyptian military denied Israeli involvement in the Sinai incident in a statement on its Facebook page. 

In April 1982, Israel withdrew the last of its military forces from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Five people have been killed in an attack carried out by an Israeli drone in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on August 9. 

The peninsula, situated near Egypt's borders with Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, has seen almost daily attacks by unknown assailants since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Israel has maintained official silence about the strike, suggesting that if the Jewish state was involved, it might be trying to avoid embarrassing the Egyptian military. Israel seemed intended to deflect reports that Israel carried out the cross-border attack. Egypt is highly sensitive to criticism about letting Israel carry out strikes on its soil.

According to the reports, the strike could signal a significant new level of security cooperation between Egypt and Israel following the military coup that ousted Egypt's president, Mohammed Morsi, last month.

David Schenker stated on the Atlantic article titled as 'How the Israeli Drone Strike in the Sinai Might Backfire' that " The proactive Israeli action may herald a positive new dynamic in Israeli-Egyptian relations. But for the Egyptian military -- which depends on popular goodwill to govern post-coup Egypt -- enhanced security coordination with Israel might not be politically sustainable. Already, this unprecedented move has provoked a backlash against the generals."

He said "while Egyptians remain divided about the coup, however, Israel remains a consensus issue: most Egyptians loathe Israel and find the notion of ongoing security cooperation with the Jewish state to be extremely distasteful."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 15:02