This is the story that isn't being told. The "rush" into Egypt was a giant land-grab that was plannned for months. Now Hamas has another nation to retreat to, to store their weapons inside of, and to dig in.
This is the nightmare Israel shoulda, coulda stop, but they sat on their hands--chosing to spend their recources to expel peaceful Jews instead.
Nice one, Olmert! How many nice Jewish boys' lives will you sacrifice now in an endless war where they chase Hamas to the Egypt border over and over and over again?
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Mubarak pulls Eyptian border forces out of N. Sinai, Washington evacuates US MFO unit from El Arish
January 24, 2008, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Gazans take over Egyptian side of Rafah
Announcing that Egypt would not expel the hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians who continue to crossed the broken border fence into N. Sinai, President HosniHosni MubarakMubarak redeployed his special border force from the Gazan border to points south of El Arish, Bir Lahfan and Abu Aweigila. This step effectively handed over to the control of Hamas-led Palestinian terrorist organizations and al Qaedal a northernnorthern SinaiSinai enclave of roughly 855 sq, km., twice the area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Early Thursday, Jan. 24, American forces and equipment withdrew from the Multi-force Organization base at Al Gura northeast of al Arish. This force monitors Sinai’s demilitarization under a key clause of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. Washington and Cairo are discussing evacuating the entire base and its 400 multinational personnel. The Egyptian high command was informed that Hamas had begun moving some of its elite units to its new stronghold. Egyptian forces are not capable of contending with this strength or the hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians on the move between Gaza and Sinai since Hamas blew up the concrete border fence Tuesday.
Israeli officials continue to treat the crisis as a problem for Egypt to address, rather than emanating from Israel’s failure to pre-empt Hamas’ well-laid plan with timely and appropriate military action. Senior military sources told DEBKAfile that Hamas’ strategic feat is irreversible. By demolishing the 10-km concrete barrier dividing the Gaza Strip from EgyptianEgyptian SinaiSinai, Hamas has acquired a new stronghold outside Israel’s military reach while their missiles and guns retain access to Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip.
They wonder why defense minister Ehud Barak has not cut short his attendance at the Economic Forum in Switzerland when the blockade he ordered on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip - but for fuel and other necessities – had become futile.