Egypt's political upheaval is by no means over, but Israel is not waiting for the outcome.
Desert defenses are being strengthened and strategy is revised as a once stable relationship with Egypt splinters. For the last few months, workers in Israel have been busy putting up a fence along the border with Egypt.
The work on the fence is swift but it will take a few months to complete. Meanwhile, as rumors began to circulate that it's the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate who won the elections in Egypt, things got crazy along the border.
A cross border attack by unidentified gunmen at the Sinai border left an Israeli worker dead. An al-Qaeda affiliated group took responsibility for the attack, proving Israel's claims of the global terror network operating on it's doorstep. Israeli officials believe the group has taken advantage of the power vacuum in the Sinai since the ouster of longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last year.
Shortly after the border attack, Hamas got bold and started shooting rockets into Israel. Luckily the rockets caused only property damage, but Palestinian militants caused the death of a Palestinian child when a rocket launch backfired. Is Hamas counting on Muslim Brotherhood support against Israel? The timing of the shooting with the rumors of the Muslim Brotherhood's win in Egypt might indicate this is the case.
While these events may not be directly linked, it shows how security in the Sinai Peninsula has deteriorated since the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. While Cairo is caught in political uncertainty, the situation is likely to remain that way.
Whoever wins the elections in Egypt, should take control of the whole region, and not allow the Sinai Peninsula to turn into a haven for terrorists. Attacks emanating from Sinai directed at Israel are part of a broader strategy on the part of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaida and other Islamist terrorist organizations to ramp up tension between the Jewish state and post- Mubarak Egypt. Let's hope thing will be kept under control for all sides invovled.