Egypt has decided to act against radical Islamists in Sinai, killing twenty in the most recent strike. The Financial Times has details:
Overnight, Egyptian military helicopters fired missiles around Shaikh Zuwaid, a village 10km from the border with Gaza. Eyewitnesses were quoted as saying they saw two military planes flying over the town and heard explosions. Troops also entered the nearby village of al-Toumah after receiving information that militants were holed up there.
Good news from the Middle East is rare—and even this story isn’t exactly “good,” as one always regrets a loss of life. But Egypt is attacking radicals and rebels who sought to turn the Sinai peninsula into a front in a war with Israel. This news is the best indicator yet that Egypt continues to highly value peace with Israel and control of its own sovereign territory. Moreover, it is a clear sign to Hamas that Egypt wants stability on the frontier.The peace between Israel and Egypt may be one of the coldest examples of peace anywhere in the world, but more than thirty years after Sadat flew to Jerusalem, it’s holding.