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When you questions being raised this morning about the relationship between Egypt's fledgling government and Israel after a deadly terrorist attack this happened.
At a border crossing in Sinai after forty stay.
Islamist gunmen killed at least fifteen Egyptian guards before storming the checkpoint.
That attack was stopped for the incident is a test for Egyptian president Mohamed Morrissey who.
He himself is an Islamist.
KT McFarland is a Fox News national security analyst and she joins us now with some more insight great ZKT thank you so what is this attack mean for the region let's -- In there well it's huge significant and it's really bad news now why is that.
For forty years the peace between Israel and Egypt has been capped because the Sinai Peninsula where these attacks were launched from.
Has been a demilitarized zone it's been safe it's been secure no military operations have come from it.
Now in the last year since the Egyptian government changed cancer remember.
Has always been -- -- US and Israeli -- for the last forty years but since the Egyptian government has changed hands that area that's Sinai Peninsula.
Has become the home.
Of jihadist their bad guys that come from all over.
That world and they're it's they're setting up shop inside and I the same way you're hottest and al-Qaeda set up shop in Afghanistan -- as a failed state.
Or northwest Pakistan -- Yemen they're trying to do the same now in the Sinai Peninsula.
And the question is will the Egyptian government be willing Crable.
To prevent that from happening because if it doesn't prevent it from happening then all of a sudden for the first time in forty years.
You've got a border with Israel Israel's border on the south with Egypt bad as we've just seen Israel's border on the nor.
With the destabilize Syria.
Could be a problem for Israel north and south and that he's this is same for forty years could come to a stop.
Meantime -- there's a lot of finger pointing going on the right Egypt blamed Islamist militants and present Mohamed -- -- he says the attackers this is a quote will pay.
Dearly at the Israeli military they say the attack was.
All part of some sort of plot to abducting Israeli soldier and Israel's defense minister Ehud Barack saying -- this is another quote.
That they thwarted an attack that couldn't injured many more yeah do you think is to blame.
I don't think you know -- and that's the whole point of these jihadist attacks there's no return address on where these guys are coming from one possibility is that they came over the border from Gaza.
Into Egypt and then set up shop in Sinai another is that they've come from other parts of the Middle East into Sinai you don't know therefore becomes very difficult to know who you respond to -- you retaliate wouldn't attack that thing about that is really key is Egypt has to keep.
That's Sinai Peninsula free from jihadist why because -- that threaten Israel.
But it threatens this the Suez can now which is that they southern end of the Sinai Peninsula the Sinai Peninsula has -- that point.
Launching point for war.
For centuries if it's going to be a launching point again for another Arab Israeli war -- regional Arab Israeli war.
That's really dangerous for the whole region and for the United States and had anything more she's going to respond -- he's got he's got to figure out you know is he able to keep that it's a very large area it's a very desolate area is he able to is he able -- is he willing.
To tell the Egyptian.
Military to work with the Egyptian military to make sure that that's an area that doesn't become.
A failed state a no man's land where bad guys set up shop and that is specifically for the United States have primary area of concern here this list can now.
A lot of implications for -- as a whole you know they're not that part of the world every forty years every thirty years has had a -- -- been devastating for the region it's been destabilizing.
If we now go from a period where in the early 1970s when my boss Henry Kissinger.
Negotiated all those cease fire agreements with Israel and Syria Israel and Egypt at all those now are going to be shoved aside.
By the Arab Spring by the destabilize countries -- Egypt.
And Syria as we've just seen.
That Israeli travel -- it spells and much more likely Arab Israeli regional war and see what happens thank you so much I appreciate you joining us taking McFarland as always.
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