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Egypt Needs Security Strategy For Sinai

The Sinai has exposed the fallacies of the piecemeal approach to the Arab–Israeli conflict.
Soldiers who were kidnapped last week sit before a news conference by President Mohamed Mursi after their release, in Cairo, May 22, 2013. Seven members of the Egyptian security forces kidnapped by Islamist militants in Sinai last week were freed on Wednesday and Mursi announced a new crackdown on lawlessness in the desert peninsula.  REUTERS/Stringer (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTXZWM1

Last week, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of the Hamas government in Gaza called on Egypt to revise the Camp David Accords, which were signed with Israel. His speech came after the kidnapping and later release of Egyptian security personnel in Sinai by radical jihadist groups.

The debate about the peace treaty with Israel is not new. It is as old as the treaty itself. The recent deterioration of security in Sinai, however, particularly after the ouster of the Mubarak regime, has reinvigorated the debate about the Camp David Accords. This is especially the case regarding amendment of the security arrangement in Sinai.

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