The New York Times this weekend ran a story on Israel and Egypt’s deepening military cooperation. While various aspects of this collaboration have already been revealed in recent years, the latest report sheds new light on the scope, depth and intimacy of this relationship.
The Israeli Air Force, it appears, has carried out nearly 100 airstrikes in the Sinai Peninsula against Islamic State targets in coordination with, or even at the request of the Egyptians. The presidential palace in Cairo not only authorized but gave its blessing to this cooperation. It did, however, keep some of its own military officers and, of course, its citizens, in the dark.