Immediate Security Concern for Israel Following Unrest in Egypt

February 18th, 2011 by

In the wake of Hosni Mubarak leaving his office as leader of Egypt, one would think that there should be a ‘wait and see’ attitude for any changes in the security threat to Israel. However, the instability which already exists on the 240km Israel-Sinai border heightens the concerns of the confusion surrounding a regime change, and the potential problems a government less friendly toward Israel could pose to Israel’s security. Jerusalem Post article points out that Egyptian police stations in the Sinai have already been abandoned when attacked by Bedouins who hold no loyalty to Egypt. Referring to the peninsula as a ‘lawless land,’ a senior defense official indicated,

There is real concern that if the Egyptians don’t get the Sinai back under their control, it could develop into a major threat to Israel. 

Hamas has used the region to launch multiple attacks against Israel over the past several years, so they may use the governmental upheaval to their advantage. According to an Arutz-7 news brief, the police in the Sinai region have been attacked, beaten and kidnapped by militants in the region, prompting Israel to approve the deployment of Egyptian forces to the Sinai for the first time since Egypt signed their peace treaty with Israel, to address the increase in violence.

Believers who are concerned for Israel’s safety are having mixed reactions toward these developments in the Sinai and the potential for greater freedom for the Christians in Egypt if the new government is one that will embrace religious liberty. However, with the election of the Hamas in Gaza and the ‘tactical coup’ by Hezbollah in Lebanon, the region is not trending towards freedom and democracy. Let us be diligent in our prayers for the entire region for God’s purposes, the protection of believers and Israel.

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