Top Expert: Disengagement Led to Sinai Islamism (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 08/09/12)
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The Islamic fanaticism that has overtaken many Bedouins of the Sinai
desert – and the resultant terror attacks – are a direct result of
Israel´s 2005 Disengagement from Gaza, according to veteran Middle
East analyst Ehud Ya´ari.
Interviewed on IDF Radio, Ya´ari explained that the Bedouins were
never particularly pious Muslims. He quoted Naoom Shukeir, a British
intelligence agent who was sent to the Sinai desert over 100 years
ago, who wrote: "I would not have believed that the Bedouins were
Muslims, had someone not occasionally mentioned the prophet Muhammad,
because they do not even know how to pray."
That is where they come from. And now we see these people who never
had a great affinity to Islam, and certainly not to fanaticism and
fundamentalism – and some of them have undergone a transformation.
Now, we can lie to ourselves a thousand times as to why it happened.
I will tell you why it happened, because that is what I hear from the
It happened because of the Disengagement in 2005. Ashraf Anani, one
of the most prominent Bedouin intellectuals in Sinai, and these do
exist, put it this way. He says, "The fireball began rolling from
Gaza to Egypt (Sinai). First of all, northeastern Egypt became
intertwined with Gaza´s economy, through the smuggling and tunnel
industry. And secondly, ideological influence flowed from the
Salafist organizations in Gaza to the tribes in Sinai. That is what
happened." (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/09/12)
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