Shalit Deal Terrorists Cross into Egypt

Terrorists are presumably among the ones that Israel demanded be expelled to Egypt.

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Gil Ronen,

Passing into Egypt
Passing into Egypt
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Several terrorists who were released from Israel to Gaza in the Shalit deal last week crossed the border into Egypt Thursday. They used tunnels dug by smugglers for transferring people and goods illicitly, in the Rafiah area, and were accompanied by family members.

Egyptian soldiers did not interfere and waved to the terrorists.

The identities of the terrorists were not immediately known but sources in Israel's security establishment said that they believed the terrorists would try to infiltrate back into Gaza, Judea and Samaria, and were preparing to prevent this from happening.

The head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) admitted in a briefing to reporters before the Shalit release, however, that Israel will have no control over terrorists in Gaza or over terrorists who were released to other places, if they try to enter Gaza.

Hamas Gaza kingpin Ismail Haniyeh said Thursday that Israel had committed a "strategic error" in deciding to expel terrorists abroad because the expulsion "would open broad horizons" before the terrorists.