The ongoing demonstrations in Egypt could force Israel to adapt to a new security reality in the Middle East, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi warned Tuesday, in his first comments on the anarchy in Cairo.
“The quiet is fragile, and the security reality can easily change,” Ashkenazi said on the sidelines of a military exercise in the South. “It is enough to look at what is happening in Egypt to understand this.”
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The IDF has yet to make any changes to its force deployment throughout the country, but has allowed, as reported first in The Jerusalem Post on Monday, for Egyptian forces to deploy in the Sinai in violation of the peace treaty between the countries.
The army has, however, been keeping a “watchful” eye on the West Bank out of concern that Palestinians will launch demonstrations similar to the ones in Egypt and that terrorist groups will try to launch attacks against Israel, which is focused on Egypt.
“We are being a little more careful these days,” a senior IDF officer said.
Shaul Mofaz, head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said Israel would need to conduct a new strategic review due to the possibility of a regime change in Egypt. The IDF has built itself over the past decade under the premise that it faces only one real front in the North against Hizbullah and Syria.
“We should not interfere with what is happening in Egypt, but at the
same time, I believe that this is a new strategic reality that forces
the State of Israel to conduct a strategic review on a national level,”
Mofaz said during a conference at the Institute for National Security
Studies in Tel Aviv.
On Monday night, Palestinian terrorists fired three rockets into Israel.
One of the rockets landed next to a synagogue where a wedding was
taking place in Netivot, and caused extensive damage to a van parked
nearby. Another rocket landed near Ofakim, and a third in the Ashkelon
No group took responsibility for the firing of the Gradmodel Katyusha
long-range rockets. The attack came after a lull in rocket fire from
Gaza enforced by Hamas, which has reined in other terrorist
organizations in Gaza.