Terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night, another worrying sign that the territory may be in the midst of a precipitous slide into anarchy and violence. The rockets caused some damage but no injuries.
The Morsi government has overseen a dramatic deterioration in the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula. Salafist terrorists have launched a series of spectacular attacks on Egyptian security officers and Israelis in recent months. Analysts have called particular attention to the role of educated middle class Egyptian terrorists in the attacks, which some had sought to link to local Beduin.
Israeli officials have repeatedly called upon Cairo to "reassert its sovereignty" in the increasingly lawless region, with the Egyptians proving either unable or unwilling to do so.
The rocket attack comes at a time when the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Egyptian government of President Mohamed Morsi has been providing "aggressive support" to Hamas in the Iranian-backed terror group's conflict with Israel. Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil visited the Gaza Strip earlier today, one of a series of moves which have distanced Egypt from the United States and its allies, who seek to isolate Hamas over the group's commitment to destroying the Jewish State and its tactics of raining down rockets on Israeli civilians.
Meanwhile Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh led Gaza crowds in chants of "Long Live Egypt" today in appreciation of the new closeness between Cairo and Hamas.