Lucas 21:28 “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Cairo’s request to temporarily station five attack helicopters in the Sinai Peninsula was a departure from peace treaty framework between Israel and Egypt, but Israeli ministers approved the request.
After two days of heavy fighting between the Egyptian military and Jihadi terrorist cells in the Sinai, they made the request to temporarily change the security limitations established in the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak had given Egypt permission to temporarily introduce the helicopters after terrorists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai and then entered Israeli territory driving stolen military vehicles on Sunday night, before being thwarted by the Israel Defense Forces. Ministers were asked to approve the measure over the phone because of the request’s importance. Egypt’s helicopter gunships had already been deployed.
This was the first time that Egypt’s attack helicopters have been used in the Sinai since 1973 and it was reported that the gunships killed 20 terrorists near Tumah.