Two of Israel’s best reporters look at this weekend’s thwarted terrorist attack and point out some of the troubling questions raised for Egypt…and, in the longer term, for Israel. Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff conclude:
Sinai has become, in essence, a no-man’s land, a failed state that serves as fertile ground for ultra-extremist groups – and the threat these pose is only now starting to crystallize. This phenomenon can be expected to repeat itself in a few months along the Syrian border with the Golan Heights. All the ingredients are already there: A central government that doesn’t function, a violent civil war, and a steady flow of extremists into the country from throughout the region, all of whom want to participate in the new jihad.