Daily Israel Report

Terror Attack on Egypt-Israel Gas Terminal

Egypt's al-Sabil gas terminal in the northern Sinai has been attacked for a second time -- the third terrorist attempt on the gas line to Israel.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/15/2011, 10:51 AM / Last Update: 5/15/2011, 4:39 PM

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The al-Sabil gas terminal near the Sinai Peninsula town of El-Arish, only 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Egypt's border with Israel, was recently attacked -- again -- for the second time in less than half a year, by unknown saboteurs.

The April 27 explosion sent a mammoth blaze shooting into the northern Sinai sky. Although it was a second attempt on the gas terminal, it was the third time terrorists had tried to cut off gas supplies through the pipeline from Egypt to the Jewish State. 

Egyptians have accused former President Hosni Mubarak and his administration officials with corruption in having negotiated the 15-year-long gas deal with Israel, and are using the charge to jail numerous former government leaders. 

Revolutionary officials accuse the former Egyptian leadership of skimming money from the deal, and having sold the gas to Israel at below-market value – a charge Israel denies.

Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau told CNN flatly, “We pay twice as much as what Jordan pays” for gas from Egypt.

Meanwhile, across Egypt, anti-Israel sentiment is building, with grassroots calls to end cooperation between the two countries altogether – in fact, to end the peace between the two countries as well.

Egyptians are demonstrating weekly outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, demanding an end to the 1979 peace treaty that has kept the border quiet for more than 30 years.