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MK Eldad: Border With Egypt - A Hostile Border

MK Aryeh Eldad concerned over the threats coming from the Egyptian border. "Anyone who tries to cross should be treated as a terrorist."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/16/2011, 6:45 AM

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) expressed his concerns on Tuesday over the situation along Israel’s border with Egypt.

His concerns come in the wake of the recent massive infiltration of African immigrants from Sinai, and also in the wake of recent terror threats originating in Egypt.

“The Chief of Staff gave me the impression that the IDF recognizes its mistakes from the past but finds it very difficult to recognize its future mistakes,” Eldad told Arutz Sheva.

He referred to the fact that the IDF was unable to intercept and stop the multiple terror attacks near the border with Egypt in August, despite the intelligence provided by the Israel Security Agency (ISA).

Eldad said he believes the IDF “didn’t reach the right conclusion about how to prevent the next attack” and added that he believes the two issues – terrorism and illegal infiltration – are connected and that terrorists might take advantage of the infiltration to carry out an attack.

“Israel must refer to its border with Egypt not as a peace border but as a hostile border and act accordingly,” he said. “Anybody who moves towards Israel and tries to cross the border should be regarded as a terrorist.”