Another Battle For The Sinai
August 26, 2011: Hamas is losing its grip on power in Gaza. The problem is that Hamas is an Islamic radical group (they are officially recognized as international terrorists) and supports other Islamic terrorists. Thus many of these groups have set up shop in Gaza. But a problem with Islamic radicals is that they tend to play more Islamic than thou with each other. This makes it impossible to get the various groups to agree on a common strategy. Thus when Hamas decides its a good idea to have a ceasefire with Israel (so Hamas can build up an arsenal of rockets for a major attack), many smaller Islamic terror groups in Gaza disagree and continue attacking Israel anyway. Moreover, in the last few years the smaller groups have become stronger, as Hamas has become weaker (largely due to resistance from the non-radical majority in Gaza). Reunification talks between Fatah (which used to run both Gaza and the West Bank) and Hamas are going nowhere. This appears to be partly because Fatah is waiting for Hamas to lose control in Gaza, giving Fatah a chance to take over again.
Over a hundred rockets and mortar shells have been fired into Israel since the terrorist attack on the 18th. Some Islamic terror groups in Gaza want constant efforts to attack Israel, and see ceasefires as a form of weakness. Most of the Islamic terror groups in Gaza disagree. Israeli counterattacks on Gaza have caused over a hundred casualties and destroyed many terror group assets (bases, housing, weapons and equipment).
Israel has agreed to allow Egyptian army helicopters and armored vehicles (but not tanks) to enter the Sinai to help with the search for Islamic terrorists. According to the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, Sinai is demilitarized, but army forces are allowed in if Israel agrees to it.
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