Israel's top echelons are concerned over new terror threats – During the annual state memorial service for David Ben-Gurion on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of increasing instability in Sinai, saying that "Israel sustained a terror attack a few months ago, and several attempts have been made since. We will continue to act determinately to provide the citizens of the south with their security needs.
"We are witnessing new security challenges that stem from the whirlwind in the Middle East," the prime minister noted.
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"We are expecting to complete the construction of the security fence along the Egyptian border in less than a year, in order to cope with the wave of work immigrants.
"Nowadays it also has a security reason due to increasing instability in the Sinai Peninsula. We hope that the new government that is formed in Egypt will recognize the importance of the peace treaty with Israel and its contribution to regional stability."
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Tensions along the southern border remain high as IDF officials said Sunday they fear a terror attack near the Egyptian border.
Security forces have remained on high alert following August's terror attack, in which seven Israelis were killed and 31 others were wounded near a highway leading to Eilat. The IDF has deployed an unprecedented amount of troops to secure the area.
IDF Chief Benny Gantz toured the western side of the southern border after the terror attack, vowing the IDF will work with determination to foil any future attempts to harm Israel's southern residents.
After the attack, military officials admitted that despite being warned by the Shin Bet, they opted for opening Route 12 to drivers, especially because they believed terrorists would not strike during the day.
Now the IDF refuses to risk another attack, as Gantz ordered to reinforce the security forces deployed along the Egyptian and Gaza Strip border after receiving information suggesting an Islamic Jihad terror cell is heading from Gaza to Sinai to carry out yet another terror attack on Israel.
Ahuva Mamos contributed to this report