On Monday, ISIS (also Islamic State) militants killed eighteen Egyptian police officers and wounded seven others in Egypt’s northwestern Sinai. ISIS did it by remotely detonating roadside bombs and using machine guns against a five-vehicle convoy. ISIS has been leading an Islamic insurgency there for the past few years.
I maintain that, because this North Sinai region is so chaotic and dangerous to control, Egypt should consider relinquishing it in some type of barter situation as part of a Palestinian state. Its location would resemble “the land of the Philistines.” See my book, Palestine Is Coming: The Revival of Ancient Philistia (1990), in which I make this proposal as the best two-state solution for the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In fact, the northeastern border of ancient Egypt was usually the Wadi el Arish river basin. Thus, historically, this portion of the Sinai did not belong to Egypt. The region between the city of El Arish and the Gaza Strip is so restive that it is becoming like the Gaza Strip was to Israel between the years 1967 and 2005, when Israel unilaterally relinquished it to the Palestinians and received nothing in return. Egypt could do the same with this North Sinai region. But I think a deal could be worked out in which Egypt would receive something in return.