PM: Sinai a Launching Pad for Terrorists (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/05/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to recent rocket fire on
Eilat from Sinai saying Israel´s security establishment was "well
aware of the fact that Sinai is turning into a rocket launching pad
"We are building a fence. It can´t stop missiles but we will find a
solution for that. We will strike those who aim to harm us," he said
Overnight on Wednesday, terrorists fired three rockets at Israel´s
southern resort city of Eilat.
One Grad rocket exploded in a construction site in a residential area
in the city. No injuries or damage were reported.
Senior security officials decided to put the IDF on its highest state
of alert over the Passover holiday – which begins Friday evening – as
The move comes one week after IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz canceled
the customary Passover leaves saying he did not believe an army
should go on holiday.
The IDF has been on high alert across the Israel-Egypt border
following several attempts to mount terror attacks in the sector.
IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi echoed Netanyahu’s
assessment on Thursday, saying the rocket fire underscored
that "Israel must prepare to face threats and instability that could
last for years" due to political upheaval in the region.
"The rocket fire on Eilat originated in Sinai and represents a
fundamental change in the region," Kochavi said. "The Middle East has
the highest pace of armament in the world, which is changing its
ultimate character beyond recognition."
"Terrorist groups continue operate in Sinai and to strengthen their
hold there," Kochavi said, adding his division had identified
numerous terror cells in Sinai and aided the GSS in stopping several
cross border attacks.
US ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro visited Eilat on Thrusday and
said Israel faced a serious security threat from Gaza and Sinai. He
reiterated Washington´s full support of Israel´s right to defend
Meanwhile, Egyptian media quoted Mahamoud El-Hefnawy, Cairo´s
director of security for the Sinai sector, as saying that rockets
fired at Eilat did not emanate from Sinai.
Hefnawy said that "the situation in the southern sector is excellent.
There are regular patrols and stakeouts across all roads. If anyone
seems suspect they are stopped for inspections meant to stop any
terrorist elements from entering the area."
He claimed that Egyptian border patrols are constantly present across
the sector. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/05/12)
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