Maariv: ‘Global Jihad’ is a nuisance but not a major threat to Israel!
“The foiled terror attack near the Kerem Shalom border crossing [on the Israel-Egypt-Gaza border] on August 5 is no doubt exceptional in terms of the method of operation implemented, the daring displayed and above all, the target chosen for the attack, which was aimed not only against Israel but also directly against Egyptian forces. The terror attack was apparently designed not only to kill and abduct [Israeli soldiers and/or civilians] but also to drive a wedge between Israel and Egypt and wreak havoc in the region. It thus calls to mind the methods of operation of al-Qaeda and global jihad elements, as seen in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other places. In all these cases, the terrorists seek to take advantage of an already chaotic situation and, by launching large-scale showcase terror attacks, further escalate the situation and undermine the regime — in this case, the Egyptian regime……
The tactical issue aside, one may wonder about the implications of the new world of threats that Israel is facing. Clearly, in all the neighboring Arab countries, including those with which we have a peace agreement, the regimes in power have weakened while violent trends have been strengthening…….it may well be that the new situation in the region is less threatening to Israel and its inhabitants than that previously prevailing, where regular army forces were deployed on the other side of the border, poised against Israel, buttressed by an array of political measures at the disposal of the neighboring regimes.
………. The threat to Israel’s security posed by the Bedouin in the Sinai Peninsula and perhaps even by terror groups that returned from Iraq to Syria and may attempt to hit Israel is far less serious than that posed by the Egyptian or Syrian army, or the Hezbollah missiles which, although capable, of striking the Israeli home front, constitute no real danger to the existence of the State of Israel or [the intactness of] its borders.
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