(JNS.org) Terrorists from an al-Qaida-inspired group killed an Israeli soldier and injured another in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israel-Egypt border at noon Sept. 21.
On Saturday, a Salafi organization called Ansar Jerusalem claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a “disciplinary attack against those who insulted the beloved Prophet” through the production of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has been linked to recent protests throughout the Arab world.
The three Ansar Jerusalem terrorists came to the border between Egypt and Israel south of Mount Sagi. In that area, the defensive fence being built by Israel is not yet complete. The terrorists came with explosive belts, assault rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade. After the soldiers, who were guarding contractors working on the fence, were shot, the IDF returned fire, killing all three terrorists.
Forces “thwarted a major terror attack that was supposed to take place in Israeli territory,” IDF Spokesperson Yoav Mordechai told Yedioth Ahronoth.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that without Israel’s decision to build the security fence along its border with Sinai, the country “would be flooded with illegal labor infiltrators, and terror squads.” A larger attack than what occurred Sept. 21 “was prevented largely due to this decision [to build the security fence] and the action taken by IDF soldiers,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom.