Last week there was discussion that Egypt, now led by the Muslim Brotherhood, was considering ways to secure the Sinai. The Bedouin attacks has given them an advantageous opportunity to seize the initiative against Israel and undo the settled agreement that ended the Arab-Israeli War. The Muslim Brotherhood has always denounced the peace treaty with Israel and a very important part to the treaty was the demilitarization of the Sinai between Israel and Egypt.
A major part of the agreement was that Egypt would have to notify Israel before it could deploy its military into the region. Additionally, Egypt had to agree to allow only small caliber, shoulder fired weapons during deployments. Typically the kinds used during security and policing operations and not the kinds designed to threaten a neighboring nation’s military.
Egypt has set up anti-aircraft missiles in the Sinai Desert, without notifying Israel and in violation of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, according to Israeli reports, even as Egypt’s new leader has seized control of Egypt’s vast bureaucracy.
Based on the pretense of securing the Sinai against radical Islamists forces operating in the Sinai, the Muslim Brotherhood has taken its first real shot at the Camp David Accords. A point they have been very upfront to make.
“We are talking about missiles: anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles that the Egyptian Army has introduced into Sinai, according to reports, in violation of the peace treaty between the two states,” declared Eran Singer, Arab Affairs commentator of The Voice of Israel Radio.
“This is something that is happening these recent days,” added Singer, who did not mention his sources, but it is likely the information came from the Israeli army (IDF).
Putting missiles along Israel’s border, without Israel’s permission, was one of the central factors leading up to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, when Egypt used the cover of anti-aircraft missiles to attack on Yom Kippur.