Defense Ministry Diplomatic-Security Bureau chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad on Wednesday said he believes Egypt is doing everything in its power to establish its control over the Sinai Peninsula and to fight the terrorism taking root there.
Speaking with Israel Radio hours after the Egyptian military launched its largest operation in the Sinai since the 1973 Yom Kippur War with Israel, Gilad said Egypt is the sovereign in Sinai and does not need to coordinate with Israel on its current activities.
The only thing Israel is doing at the moment is expressing its sorrow over the murder of 16 soldiers killed in a cross-border attack earlier this week.
Terrorism is aiming to change the world order, to harm the Egyptian regime and alter the face of the Middle East, he added, asserting that "The Egyptians have no problem understanding what's going on."