Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies
Author(s): Dr. Adnan Abu Amer
Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/dimensions-of-israeli-role-in-egypts-sinai/
Israel has been closely monitoring the ongoing security developments in Sinai, especially the Egyptian army’s comprehensive military Operation Sinai-2018 against armed groups in northern and central Sinai since February 2018. Tel Aviv believes that its intervention in the Sinai Peninsula a distinctly Israeli affair under the pretext that these militant groups pose continued threats to the Israeli settlements adjacent to the Egyptian border. The Israeli role in Sinai can be viewed within the framework of efforts to protect its insecure southern border – in the absence of Egyptian security and military control and in light of a likely transfer of the deteriorating security situation in Sinai to occupied territories. According to Israel’s assessment of the security situation in Sinai, there are several reasons that push Tel Aviv to play a central role there, including:
1- Egypt is a strategic and important ally of what Benjamin Netanyahu calls the “moderate alliance” that targets confronting the growing Iranian influence in the Middle East. Accordingly, the Israeli intelligence service is apparently conducting undeclared contacts with several Arab countries, including Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan and others to provide support to Egypt with respect to its confrontation of the security threats in Sinai.
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