This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- Egypt’s military action against Sinai Bedouins comes to a standstill
- Egypt defends need for army tanks in Sinai
- Greece’s border guards fail to stop the influx of illegal immigrants
- Turkey still unsure about Syria buffer zone as refugees pour in
Egypt’s military action against Sinai Bedouins comes to a standstill
The August 5 ambush by armed Bedouin militants in Sinai that killed 16Egyptian soldiers shocked the Egyptian public, and has substantiallyraised the profile and power of Egypt’s new president Mohamed Morsi.Morsi immediately sent Egyptian forces into the Sinai, after obtainingpermission from Israel to violate their 1979 peace treaty. However,the military action has been halted, as a result of a negotiatedweek long true to allow further discussions between the armyand the terror groups. However, the truce may have been a necessityfor the army, since most of the armed extremists have fled intointo the mountains. Morsi’s supporters claim four accomplishmentsin this military campaign:
- He’s developed a public reputation as a tough fighter against terror and an enemy of radical Islamic groups.
- The army has damaged some of the terror infrastructure in Sinai.
- Morsi initially deployed tanks to Sinai without prior coordination with Israel, allowing him to claim that he doesn’t fear a showdown with Israel.
- Morsi used the terror attack in the Sinai as a pretext to expel top army officers whom he considered a threat to his power base.
Israeli officials are concerned that in the event of a futureconflagration with Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza, Egypt’sgovernment will respond by pressuring Israel – for instance, bydeploying large army concentrations in border areas, in contraventionof the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. Haaretz and Al-Shorfa
Egypt defends need for army tanks in Sinai
Israeli officials are unhappy that Egypt’s leaders deployed tanks tothe Sinai Peninsula before consulting with Israeli leaders followingthe August 5 ambush. Egypt’s new defense minister Abdel-Fattahel-Sissi defended his country’s increased military presence in theSinai Peninsula, saying it is needed to fight terrorism and istemporary. According to Egyptian officials, el-Sissi reaffirmedCairo’s commitment to the 1979 peace accord. AP
Greece’s border guards fail to stop the influx of illegal immigrants
Arrivals of illegal immigrants into the northern regions of Greece onthe border with Turkey have plummeted, as a result of an increase inthe number of border guards. However, migrants, chiefly Afghans,Syrians and Palestinians, are now reverting to more southern routes,across the islands in the Aegean Sea. Greece is the major pathway formigrants to enter the European Union. As the influx of migrants intothe country continues unabated, the number of apparently raciallymotivated attacks has increased. Kathimerini
Turkey still unsure about Syria buffer zone as refugees pour in
French President François Hollande is pressing to support a bufferzone on Syrian soil for Syrian refugees from the continuing slaughterby the Bashar al-Assad regime against women and children inresidential neighborhoods. This would be a strip of land on Syriansoil protected from Syrian assault by Western allies. Turkey has beentalking about establishing such a buffer zone for almost the entire 18months since the Syrian conflict began, but is still unsure, eventhough 80,000 Syrian refugees are now in refugee camps in Turkey.However, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu emphasized lastweek that Turkey would not accept more than 100,000 refugees and thatthe creation of a buffer zone could be necessary to contain a refugeeflow onto its soil. Zaman (Istanbul)