1. The Israelis knew in advance of a looming attack. Hence, the travel warnings, whence the military preparedness, resulting in zero casualties on the Israeli side of the border; zero damage done, zero achievement for the attackers.
But the Egyptians also had warning of the looming attack. They did nothing. Publicly, they rejected Israel’s travel advisory as an uncalled for attempt to serve the interests of Israel’s tourism industry, and as for military preparedness — the slaughter of Egyptian soldiers speaks louder than anything I’m able to write.
Israel is hoping that this latest incident will serve as a wake-up call to the Egyptian government. There’s good reason to suspect, though, that this will turn out to be false hope. Sinai is far away, and Egyptians don’t much care what happens there (as long as it isn’t Israeli intervention).
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