Speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel needed to step carefully these days, given the unrest in the Arab world. “We don't know what will become of these countries,” he said. “We are happy about the democratic tendencies being shown, but we don't know if and when democratic regimes will be set up.”
Sinai was a major problem, Netanyahu said. The new government in Cairo “is having trouble exerting its authority over Sinai. We saw this in the two bombings of the gas pipeline there. Terror groups have set up shop in Sinai, and they are getting stronger because of Sinai's connection to Gaza. Hamas in Egypt is getting stronger, and Hamas has moved many of its activities from Syria to Egypt. We are concerned over what will happen in the region, especially with the countries on the 'peace fronts,' Egypt and Jordan,” Netanyahu added.