Update on Egyptian border terror attack

More details about yesterday’s terror attack have emerged, and they make for a very scary read, according to this report from the Times of Israel:

The terrorists who smashed into Israel at the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Sunday night managed to drive about a mile into Israel, and were traveling at 70 kilometers an hour along the road toward Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, before the Israeli Air Force was able to get a clear shot and blow up their armored vehicle without risk to civilian traffic on the road or nearby.

That was one of the findings of the IDF’s initial investigation into what officials said Monday was a very carefully planned and complex terror attack.

The Shin Bet intelligence service on Friday gave the army a general warning of the danger of an attack at the Kerem Shalom crossing, two days before the terror cell — apparently comprised of Bedouin and other gunmen from the Sinai Peninsula, with close links to and possible participation of Gaza-based terrorists — launched the attack that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead and penetrated the Israeli border.

GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo visited the Kerem Shalom crossing a few hours before the attack, and ordered a guard tower next to the crossing to be closed as troops braced for the terrorists to make their move. Residents of the area, including Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, were ordered to stay in their homes, with doors locked and lights off.

Initial army investigations of the incident described a coordinated defensive response to the attempted terrorist attack involving the IDF’s ground, armored, and air forces.

Troops stationed at Kerem Shalom border crossing heard gunfire as the terrorists attacked the Egyptian border police position and then  discerned the armored vehicle, commandeered from the base, and a truck approaching the border from a distance of two kilometers.

Bedouin reconnaissance unit troops stationed on the border were the first to engage the vehicles after the armored vehicle began bypassing concrete barriers situated along the border road. The soldiers fired on the armored vehicle but failed to hinder its approach to the Kerem Shalom crossing.

An additional army force started firing on the armored vehicle with heavier weaponry. Simultaneously, the truck crashed into a guard tower, detonating half a ton of explosive material.

IDF tanks closed in on the armored vehicle, but the terrorists commandeering the vehicle accelerated away. At that point the IDF decided to bomb the hijacked armored vehicle from the air — marking the first time that an IAF aircraft fired on a target inside Israel. The IAF had to wait until the road was clear of civilian traffic.

One of the tanks fired an additional two rounds at the armored vehicle, blowing it up.


Barak noted the eight terrorists killed by Israeli forces were armed with suicide belts and could have wreaked terrible harm inside Israel.

An interesting point which struck me was that the first IDF soldiers to spot the vehicles were the IDF’s renowned Bedouin trackers, yet the terrorists included Bedouins amongst them.   Commenter Cormac on the previous thread mentioned that in his experience the Bedouin are not as brainwashed with antisemitism as other Muslims, and this is born out by yesterday’s events, with Bedouins as active protagonists on both sides.

The other salient point of this report is the extraordinary accuracy of the IAF’s fire, and the care taken by the entire IDF not to harm civilians. Kol hakavod to them all, and may their success continue.

As PM Binyamin Netanyahu said,

“I appreciate that this will not be the last time that we come across attempts to harm us. … I hope that we will have many more successes of this type, but we must also stay vigilant for the opposite.”

Meanwhile, just in case you were wondering who the real culprits of this attack were, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood can provide the answer: It was the Mossad wot dun it.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on its website that the attack on a police station in Sinai on Sunday in which 16 policemen were killed “can be attributed to Mossad” and was an attempt to thwart Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s new regime.

The statement claimed that the Israeli intelligence agency was trying to hinder the Egyptian uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and that it was “imperative to review clauses” of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Where would the Middle East be without its conspiracy theories?

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8 Responses to Update on Egyptian border terror attack

  1. Paddy O'P says:

    You quote : Egypt Muslim Brotherhood say it was the Mossad who did this.

    It is a known fact, that no Muslim of whatever land can ever take responsibility for his
    own action. Irrespective whether he stole, or killed his wife, or raped someone, etc etc
    it was always somebody else’s doing. Thus it is not at all surprised that the Brotherhood
    blamed Israel or the Mossad. In fact, young children learning from their peers, know
    that it is a sin to acknowledge having done a misdeed – it was the neighbour, or the
    aunt, or the grandmother, etc.

    • anneinpt says:

      You’re quite right. That also explains what Romney called the culture thing. If one doesn’t admit wrong-doing, one cannot make amends, learn a lesson and progress. That is why Arab cultures are so far behind the West in so many ways. This is a fact, not racism.

  2. Cormac says:

    Thanks for the mention.

    I also read that Morsi was quick to blame Israel for this attack and accused Israel of trying to cause a rift between him, the military and Hamas.His ego is most likely hurt by the fact Israel avenged the killing of Egyptian Soldiers.

    Serious problems may arise if it’s not a Palestinian linked terrorist group, shipping along the Suez Canal may also be targeted in such a scenario.

    I think you can blame Obama for this too, if it wasn’t for his intervention in Libya many of the weapons used to carry out these attacks wouldn’t be in the hands of these terrorists in the first place.

    • anneinpt says:

      I think you may have a typo in your comment. Obama kept American military participation in Libya to the minimum and withdrew American ground troops early. He was criticized for this by the Republicans. If US troops HAD intervened and stayed longer then indeed there would have been a chance that these weapons wouldn’t have ended up with the terrorists.

      However, there are enough arms on the open market that the terrorists don’t need to rely on Libya. Iran is very generous with its weaponry, as are Russia and assorted other players.

      • Cormac says:

        We’ll have to agree to disagree over this, Obama did keep US involvement to a minimum but without US Tomahawk missiles I doubt Libya’s Air defences would of been taken out.

  3. Paddy O'P says:

    Cormac – you are right to blame a lot of the Libya fiasco on Obama. That man has really
    done nothing right in the time he President of the USA. (I don’t want to copy the Arabs
    now and blaming everything on him but look at the truth). What has he achieved in his
    foreign policy ? He has backed the wrong horse every single solitary time, whether it
    is in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and now in Syria, never mind his lack of policy vis-a-vis Iran.
    Even domestically he has f….ed up the system. Medicare/Obamacare – is that a success
    story ? Job creations ? Banks failures ? Etc etc.

    As to job creations within the USA. It is a wrong example that I am giving you now.
    But after the first World War Germany was in dead trouble. No money, hyperinflation,
    no jobs, etc. all of which brought Hitler to power. What did that guy do ? Instead of
    printing money, he started infra structure projects. Firstly roads. It was he who built the
    autobahns, elctrified the railsystem etc. Why couldnt Obama do that and create jobs ? He
    is just a stupid idiot and too full of himself.

    • Cormac says:

      You may be correct on what Obama’s presidency, though I think repealing the DADT law was the right decision.Obama allowed for all the secular regimes to fall and be replaced by Islamist led governments, the fall out from Libya is not only affecting Israel but Mali too.Completely agree with you on Iran, The Green Movement and the protests that followed the Iranian election should of had more support from his administration, that was a missed opportunity which could have much wider implications soon to come.

      The thing about America is that the Latino population have a much bigger say in how the country is led.Latinos naturally support Obama who is more lenient on them compared to the Republicans.Also Obama gets support from nearly all of the minority groups within the US and this gives him a major boost.

      Hitler isn’t really a good example, he actually increased public spending but at the same time the Nazi Government imposed a 4.5% deficit ceiling, creating a massive shortage in borrowable funds.This issue was resolved by creating a series of dummy companies that would pay for goods with bonds e.g the MEFO company, these bonds used as currency became MEFO bills, it was promised that these bonds would eventually be exchaged for real money however the payments were put off until the fall of Germany in 1945.These maneuvers managed to conceal armament expenditures that also violated the treaty of Versailles.Hitler also limited the amount of goods he imported and he seriously overevaluated the Reichsmark.Employment did go down from 30% to virtually nothing but again this was caused by minorities getting fired,wages went down on average of 25% making it easier for employers to hire more people, trade unions were banned and anyone who was sent to a Concentration camp wasn’t classed as unemployed, plus the build up of his military soaked upunemployment up.It’s a common myth that Hitler did the German Economy well however the real case is much different.I would say Thatcher is a much better example to follow.

      One of the reasons that employment is hard to create in the US is because of the high corporation tax.Another reason is Obama’s policy of public spending, this is frightening the markets.He certainly hasn’t got the money to spend and America is buried in debt as it is.

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