When Rockets Hit Israel from Gaza, Egypt Is Partly to Blame

(Newsweek) Brig.-Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi - Israel conquered Gaza from Egypt in 1967 and controlled it until 2005, after which Israel withdrew unilaterally and left Gaza to the Palestinian Authority. However, Hamas seized Gaza in 2007, making it one of the first territories in the world to be governed by an internationally recognized terror organization. True to its jihadi creed, since 2007 Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have fired at least 15,000 rockets at Israel from Gaza, killing dozens of Israelis and wounding hundreds, while simultaneously bringing ruin and destruction on the area under its control. The 7.5 mile Egypt-Gaza border is the main enabler of Gazan terror against Israel. Through a sprawling array of active commercial tunnels, the Gazan terrorists import all their Iranian-funded weapons. Egypt has made efforts to block, flood, or collapse some of the tunnels over the years. Recently, however, Egypt has made no effort to stop the flow of arms. I find it inconceivable that Egyptian security forces fail to stop the steady flow of weapons through Sinai to Gaza. There is essentially one road to and from the Egyptian border town of Rafah, and if blocking tunnels is too advanced for the Egyptians, maybe they should try intercepting the shipments of weapons before they enter the tunnels. Egyptian inaction against the flow of weapons to Gaza warrants U.S. attention and clear demands to take effective and immediate action. The writer served as deputy commander of the IDF Gaza Division.

2022-08-25 00:00:00

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