Iran Training Terrorists in Egyptian Sinai

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- In the year since the fall of the Mubarak regime, the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Salafist al-Nour party have strengthened their grip on the country.

Today, the Islamist-dominated parliament is chipping away at Egypt's alliance with the U.S., Israel and other Western nations.

Results of a recent Gallup poll revealed that 82 percent of Egyptians -- eight out of 10 -- would turn down $1.2 billion in U.S. aid, while 85 percent of respondents oppose U.S. donations to civil society groups in Egypt.

Egypt's military leaders also seem predisposed to diminishing ties developed over the past 30 plus years.

In March, the Egyptian parliament voted unanimously to support a position paper by the Committee on Arab Affairs that calls for a complete overhaul of relations with Israel.

Today, the Sinai is becoming a hotbed of jihadist activity and a place from which to launch terror attacks on Israel.

Author Ariel Anbar calls the vast desert expanse the "new safe haven for global jihad."

"With the Obama administration welcoming the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the post-Mubarak Egyptian government, Iran's proxy operations will flourish in the Sinai Peninsula -- the new safe haven for global jihad -- which is becoming an integral part of Iran's expanding terror network and infrastructure," Anbar wrote Wednesday on the IsraelDefense.com website.

Anbar says the Sinai provides Iran with "an operational and logistical framework" where it can "train terrorists, smuggle armaments into Gaza, and gain influence over a global jihad movement in search of its path."

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