JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israelis were informed Sunday they would not be allowed to enter Egypt via the Taba border crossing due to concrete terror alerts, nor would they be welcome at the hotel and casino just across the border.
The latest terror threat comes less than a week before the fall holidays begin, a popular time to take family vacations at resort hotels in the Sinai Peninsula.
The warnings, issued by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), were similar in content to last month's threats that preceded multi-pronged terror attacks near the southern resort town of Eilat, which took the lives of eight Israelis.
The Israel Defense Forces beefed up troops along the border and placed them on heightened alert.
"The IDF has increased its preparedness and raised it alertness following concrete information regarding the Hamas' -- as well as other terror organizations -- intentions to execute another terrorist attack along the Egyptian border in the very near future. Military sources suggest this may be an attempt to sabotage Palestinian Authority developments in the UN," the IDF Spokesperson's Office announced on Friday.
Meanwhile, shops and supermarkets are bustling with Israelis preparing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah -- literally, the head of the year -- which begins at sundown Wednesday. It is the first of the three major fall holidays, known as the High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).