TROOP MOVEMENT RENEWS SINAI REOCCUPATION BUZZ / Oil, natural gas fields ripe for takeover that also would undermine terror attacks (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) From Joseph Farahís G2 Bulletin WASHINGTON 05/05/12)
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WASHINGTON Ė The reported call-up by the Israeli Defense Forces of
six battalions of reservists to be assigned mostly along the 150-mile
border with Egypt facing the Sinai Peninsula has renewed buzz that
Israel is planning to reoccupy the region, according to a report in
Joseph Farahís G2 Bulletin.
The move underscores not only concern by Tel Aviv of heightened
terrorist attacks launched from the deserts there, but also the
possibility of a remedy, at least temporarily, to the growing energy
crisis that has emerged following Egyptís cancellation of the
contract that brought natural gas into Israel.
The gas, which met some 40 percent of Israelís energy requirements,
flowed through a pipeline that has been sabotaged some 14 times since
the fall of President Hosni Mubarak last year.
The interim governing Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF,
then decided to pull back Egyptian troops from that frontier, and
Israelis say now it is showing increased al-Qaida and Bedouin tribe
In addition, Israeli officials say that Hamas militants from the Gaza
Strip are using the Sinai to launch attacks into Israel.
In announcing the call-up of six battalions of reserves, the Israeli
Knesset, or parliament, reportedly authorized the IDF to mobilize
another 16 reserve battalions, if needed. Some of the battalions
already called up also will be positioned along the border with
Syria, addressing the increasing unrest there.
Sources say a number of developments are triggering the call-up,
which include implementing a 2008 Reserve Duty Law in which combat
soldiers are called for active reserve duty once every three years.
While the immediate reason given for the call-up was due to tensions
between Israel and Egypt and continued unrest in Syria, another
reason for the troop positioning could be to deal with any attack
that could occur from Syria, Lebanon and the Sinai should the Israeli
government decide to launch an attack against Iranís nuclear
Syria and Lebanonís Hezbollah, along with the Hamas from the Gaza
Strip, have vowed to come to Iranís assistance in the event its
nuclear facilities are attacked.
The Sinai poses a particularly vexing problem for the Israelis, since
law enforcement in that region had been left up to the Egyptians
since the signing of the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
Israel had been occupying the Sinai since the 1967 war. Israel
withdrew from the Sinai in 1982.
However, with the Egyptian government itself now in chaos, the
Egyptians have not maintained order, allowing terror threats to surge.
Last August, for example, eight Israelis were killed and 25 were
wounded. There remains a number of Israelis who have settled in the
Sinai and whose lives now may be threatened.
This development has posed an increasingly serious security issue for
Israel, which now must position the troops along the border with the
Sinai in an effort to minimize attacks on Israel itself. (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 05/05/12)
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