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ISIS at Israel's Doorstep

Fence along Israel-Egypt border (Photo: flickr/theisraelproject)

In recent weeks, much of the Islamic State's "caliphate" across the Middle East has suffered great defeats. That is not the case, however, when it comes to ISIS' areas near Israel, writes JNS' Yaakov Lappin, where the terrorist group is very much alive and preparing to attack the Jewish state:

In Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, despite ongoing efforts by the Egyptian military, an Islamic State-affiliated terror group continues to deliver a succession of painful, deadly attacks on the Arab country’s security forces. With Islamic State’s losses in Syria and Iraq piling up, the Sinai remains an area where the terrorist organization is active and on the attack. 

Occasionally, Islamic State’s Sinai affiliate, known as Sinai Province, fires rockets into southern Israel—including an attack in mid-October, sending residents of the Eshkol region fleeing for cover...

The IDF is building up its ability to deal with a variety of potential attacks from terrorists in the Sinai—including attempts to infiltrate into Israel and conduct a major attack. 

“Anything that approaches this sector comes under intense surveillance,” the source said.

The Israeli military’s surveillance goes far beyond the Israel-Egypt border fence; any unusual movements are “checked thoroughly,” the source said. Various Israeli intelligence forces have joined forces to keep the area “clean from terrorism,” she added...

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