ISRAEL - Not Lebanon and Gaza, But Egypt Hottest Border

Arno Froese

While the borders with Lebanon, Syria and Gaza make most of the headlines, the actual border with the most action seems to be the one with Egypt.

“Our commanders and soldiers are experienced in live-fire incidents more than any other front,” the source said. “Once a week, during a smuggling attempt, they [the smugglers] shoot all over, and commanders and combat soldiers have felt here the bullets hovering near their heads.”

The units protecting the border made a significant change in recent years in the way they deal with smuggling, the source said.

There was an 11% decrease in drug-smuggling attempts through the Egyptian border last year, according to the IDF. Smuggling attempts were thwarted 57 times, compared with 34 times in 2019, it said.

In 2019, some 70 tons of drugs were smuggled through the Egyptian border, and there was an average of 11 bags in a smuggling event, according to the IDF.

In 2020, the number dropped to 33 tons, and there was an average of 5.8 bags per smuggling event.

However, the success of the regional brigade does not come without a price. Cutting down the drug cartels in the South also cuts down the income of hundreds of families, which was steady for many years, and Bedouin families look for other ways to make money, according to the IDF.

“This is a wide phenomenon, and solving it requires a national operation,” he said. “We need the entire system to focus on investing in the Bedouin society... in education and in creating jobs. This [the smuggling] is a widespread phenomenon, and it requires a holistic, wider and deeper solution, which also includes sovereignty in the South.”, 15 March 2021

Arno's Commentary

Drug-smuggling is a multi-billion-dollar industry globally. The fact, however, that Israel—known to have the world’s best intelligence and military forces—could not detect “some 70 tons of drugs smuggled through the Egyptian border” in 2019, clearly demonstrates the virtual impossibility of so-called “sealed borders.” Fences and walls are in reality just a joke when compared with the cleverness of drug lords to get their destructive product to those who have come under the bondage of drug misuse.

David speaks of poison in relationship to his enemies, and exclaims: “Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely” (Psalm 58:4-5).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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