Israel plays no games with terrorism, that’s for sure. At the moment, Israel has decided to close down all border crossing with Egypt after a terrorist attack in Egypt killed 36 people in Coptic Churches.
On top of terrorism next door, Israel received a deadly threat themselves, which is what prompted the border shutdown. A rocket attack originating in Sinai exploded inside Israel just hours after the border closure.
There was a threat issued for the Sinai peninsula where there are tons of resorts on the red sea in Egypt. Thousands of Israeli’s were expected to travel to that region during the passover holiday.
The Daily Caller has more:
The closure will continue until April 18, and only affects Israeli citizens. Foreigners will be allowed to cross and Israeli citizens already in Egypt will be allowed to return. Israel’s counter-terrorism bureau issued a warning to travelers heading to Sinai last month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent “condolences to the families of those who were murdered in yesterday’s terrorists attacks in Egypt” in a statement Monday. He wished “a quick and full recovery” to the wounded.
Israeli authorities warned of “increased activity by Islamic State militants” in Sinai. The peninsula has been a major haven for ISIS, presenting a threat to both the Egyptian and Israeli governments. Authorities added that there is increased “motivation to carry out terror attacks in different arenas at this time” due to ISIS’s territorial losses in Iraq and Syria.