Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Secret Israeli-Egyptian Alliance

I have been following the Middle East realignment for some time now, so I am happy to share the New York Times report about Israeli-Egyptian military cooperation in the fight against terrorists in the Sinai peninsula. Naturally, everyone involved says that it’s not happening, but Arab nations in the region, as they open diplomatic channels with Israel, are not yet ready to go public with the changing reality.

David Kirkpatrick describes the new strategic cooperation:

The jihadists in Egypt’s Northern Sinai had killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, briefly seized a major town and begun setting up armed checkpoints to claim territory. In late 2015, they brought down a Russian passenger jet.

Egypt appeared unable to stop them, so Israel, alarmed at the threat just over the border, took action.

For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign, conducting more than 100 airstrikes inside Egypt, frequently more than once a week — and all with the approval of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The remarkable cooperation marks a new stage in the evolution of their singularly fraught relationship. Once enemies in three wars, then antagonists in an uneasy peace, Egypt and Israel are now secret allies in a covert war against a common foe.

For Cairo, the Israeli intervention has helped the Egyptian military regain its footing in its nearly five-year battle against the militants. For Israel, the strikes have bolstered the security of its borders and the stability of its neighbor.

Their collaboration in the North Sinai is the most dramatic evidence yet of a quiet reconfiguration of the politics of the region. Shared enemies like ISIS, Iran and political Islam have quietly brought the leaders of several Arab states into growing alignment with Israel — even as their officials and news media continue to vilify the Jewish state in public.


James said...

The "Feminists" do not care. For it is about power, which they now have and will wield regardless of consequences, to their targets, to their own "cause", even to themselves. They will wield it.

James said...

Wrong comment for this post grr.

James said...

I know I'm beating a drum here, but watch Solemeini, he is the key.