By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Yesterday an Egyptian court ruled that Egypt must destroy the tunnels that connect Egypt and Gaza. The case was brought before the court because last year 16 Egyptian border guards will killed by Palestinians from Gaza who came through the tunnels with weapons.
The security of Egypt is at stake. The Egyptian court would not act if the violence was only one way, if it was directed only at Israel.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's national security adviser Ossam Haddad has said on several occasions that Egypt cannot not permit the two-way flow of smuggled arms through the tunnels.
Ynet quotes Wael Hamdi, the lawyer that brought the case, and Judge Farid Tanaghou, who ruled that Egypt must destroy the tunnels.
Ynet reports "the court ruled to make it obligatory that the government destroy the tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip."
"I filed the case because I was worried about the state of national security in my country after the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power and its unclear policies and links with Hamas" said Wael Hamdi, the lawyer who brought the case.
1.5 million people travel through the tunnels every year. There are 450 major tunnels and 750 smaller ones. Some think that there are as many as 2000 tunnels. 1/3 of all of Gaza's imports come in through the tunnels.
While it hurt only Israel, Egypt turned a blind eye to the tunnels.
But now Egyptians must act because these tunnels add to the lawlessness and anarchy that pervades their country.
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