Consequences of the border breach…
According to Hamas' announcement last night, the two
terrorists responsible for yesterday morning's attack in Dimona set out
from Hebron. At the same time, the original and reasonable assumption
that the bombers had moved from Gaza, via Sinai, to the Negev was based
on the profusion of intelligence warnings that had multiplied following
the breach of the border between Gaza and Egypt. These warnings are
still current, and continue to concern the security establishment.
This situation was created by the helplessness of Egypt, which did
not hasten to close the breaches, and the permission it gave to Gaza
civilians to enter its territory. But it was also caused by
carelessness, or at least excessive complacence on the part of Israel,
which for years has not bothered to build a real fence along its long
border with Egypt. Those who until now have taken advantage of this
open border to smuggle refugees, women or drugs used it yesterday to
bring across the terrorists who carried out the attack. Anyone, then,
who is looking for a target for blame can find it equally in Egypt and
..present us with a unique Opportunity..
The Foreign Ministry is recommending that Israel
allow Egypt to double the number of soldiers it has stationed along its
borders with Israel and Gaza – something that Cairo has long wanted to
do, but that Jerusalem has hitherto vetoed.
Since the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty strictly limits the forces
that Egypt can deploy along these borders, any increase would require
Foreign Ministry Tzipi Livni plans to present her ministry's
recommendation Wednesday at a special meeting in the Prime Minister's
Office concerning the Gaza-Egypt border.
Secure the borders people. by any means necessary!