Egyptian Search for Terrorists
By Micah Halpern
Sunday September 19, 2010
Egypt is combing through the northern Sinai Desert in search of Palestinian terrorists dispatched to launch rocket from into Israel.
That is the news report from MAAN news service, an official Palestinian news company. What is not clear from the report is whether the terrorists have already snuck themselves and the rockets into Sinai, or if they are trying to get in.
That explains the warning issued by the US Embassy/ State Department to stay clear of Eilat in Israel and Aqaba in Jordan
The Red Sea area is so small that a rocket shot from the Sinai and intended for Israel can easily miss and hit Aqaba, Jordan. That is exactly what happened last month when two of four rockets launched from Sinai into Eilat instead landed in Aqaba killing a Jordanian guard.
Egypt knows the danger of permitting rocket launches. Not just that it is an act of war and Israel may retaliate, but if Palestinians launch rockets without Egyptian permission from within Egypt it is also a message of Egyptian weakness and impotence - a message that is transmitted throughout the Arab world.
This public humiliation will not be tolerated by Egypt. Egypt will strike back hard.