Egyptian Policemen at Gaza Border Are Elite Commandos

[Jerusalem Post] Herb Keinon and Yaakov Katz - Following disengagement from Gaza in 2005, Israel agreed to allow Egypt to deploy 750 of its border policemen near the Egypt-Gaza border. But according to a high-ranking official in Jerusalem, the policemen are really elite undercover commandos who were deployed there by Cairo in an effort to change the strategic balance along the border. Defense establishment officials say the Egyptians could do much more to stop the arms smuggling across the border, but that Egypt has refrained from employing its troops effectively, trying to force Israel to allow the deployment of more forces. "They want to change the strategic balance along the border with Israel," a senior defense official said.

2007-05-30 01:00:00

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