And that's just the beginning
Following the uncovering of a Tehran-sponsored Hizbullah network in Egypt, Israeli experts warn that Iran's reach in the Middle East is growing rapidly, and that other terror cells still operate in Sinai and in the heart of Egypt.
"Other cells operate in Egypt. The one that was uncovered is neither the first nor the last, and so there is still the danger of an attack against the Israeli Embassy in Cairo," estimated Lit.-Col Moshe Marzouk of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorist at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.
"Egypt's territory has become no man's land for the smuggling of money, weapons and terror cells. In fact, because of the difficulties in transporting arms, Hizbullah and the Iranians have built rocket production workshops in Sinai.
"However, until now the Egyptians preferred not to act against the cells, assuming they do not pose a threat to the Egyptian regime but rather meant for Gaza," he added.
"Now it has become clear that the terror infrastructure was planning to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in the heart of Egypt, while ignoring the sovereignty of the local government, and by this it crossed a red line.
"It in effect proved false Nasrallah's claim that the cell was only there in order to help the Palestinians and support Hamas," Marzouk explained.
According to Marzouk, the Iranian grip on Egypt was rooted so deeply that it was doubtful that Mubarak's regime would be able to confront it. "The terror network is just part of the second stage of the Islamic revolution, whose goal is not only to take over Iran like in Khomeini's days, but also to export the revolution to the Muslim countries of the region.
In all due fairness, how do we know that Egypt really wants to confront these terror cells growing in their country? If they allowed terror cells to infiltrate Gaza, surely that doesn't signal where they really stand? And has for a long time now.
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