An Islamic State affiliate previously known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed the attack, the group has launched several attacks against the police and the army in Sinai in recent years, particularly following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.”
Opinion: Interestingly, Arabs of the Sinai have been a thorn in Israel’s side for around 3500 years.
In Exodus 17:5-15 Moses records the Battle of Rephidim:
“Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”
So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.
But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord is my banner, saying, ‘A hand upon the throne of the Lord Jacob!”
Rephidim is in the Sinai and was, and is, the territory of Amalek, grandson of Esau.
Nothing has changed “Because the Lord has sworn, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation” Exodus 17:16.
(See Antichrist: The Search For Amalek pages 47-48)