Don't count on Egypt
Police tighten security...
Published: 04.08.12, 14:25 / Israel Opinion
The rocket that exploded near residential buildings in Eilat last week surprised residents of the southern city but not defense and intelligence officials. While there was no specific warning,IDF, Shin Bet and police officials recently estimated that rocket and mortar attacks from Sinai on Eilat are merely a matter of time.
By now it's clear that the Egyptians won't be doing the job for us – not because they don't want to, but rather, because they cannot. Their control in central and eastern Sinai is weak. Hence, the IDF and Shin Bet must do the job of thwarting terror attacks if they want it to be done efficiently.
In order to do this, Israel needs an active system comprising three components: An effective fence (half of it is already built,) thorough intelligence gathering from the air and on the ground, and the ability to use air, ground and possibly naval forces to hit terrorists. In short, a similar arsenal to what is used by Israel on the Gaza Strip border.
Rocket explosion in Eilat (Photo: Yair Sagi)
Government faces tough dilemmaShould Israel fail to respond with determination and create deterrence in the near future, we shall quickly find ourselves facing a similar situation to the one that prevailed in Gaza after the 2005 withdrawal. It appears that the rocket fire from Sinai will be growing, not only in scope but also in range, size of warheads, and accuracy.