Suspected jihadist terrorists cut the heads off of four men in the Sheikh Zuwaid area of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, only a few minute’s drive from the Israeli border.
The murders occurred around the same time ISIS released its video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley that has shaken America. Although Foley’s murder took place 6,000 miles away from the U.S., the grisly murder of the four Egyptians took place right on Israel’s doorstep.
Earlier this month an American contract worker was wounded at the multinational peacekeeping base where American soldiers have been stationed since 1981 to monitor the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. It was initially thought that a U.S. soldier had been shot, as the base has come under repeated attacks over the years.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been fighting jihadist terrorists in the Sinai who have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and civilians and are suspected of getting military assistance from Hamas in Gaza. The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem is supporting Hamas and claimed responsibility for rockets fired at Eilat.
New reports have documented the threat jihadist groups pose to Egypt. However, Israel lies sandwiched directly between Egypt and Syria, where ISIS has been gaining strength. An Israeli military expert said Israel is faced with a growing jihadist threat from both sides:
“Sinai is a microcosm of what’s happening in the entire area, including struggles within the Global Jihad, and between the Iraqi organization ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and the leadership of al-Qaeda.”
[Photo: Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem YouTube video]