Egypt rankled by Hamas’s burgeoning ties to Islamic State

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The Times of Israel: “Cairo is fuming over increasing cooperation between the Palestinian terror group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Islamic State-affiliated forces in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula, The Times of Israel has learned, despite attempts in recent months to alleviate the tension between Egypt and Gaza.

That cooperation has seen injured IS fighters routinely brought into the Strip for treatment, alongside ongoing weapons smuggling over the border.

A few days ago, Cairo discovered that a group of IS fighters wounded during an attack on Egyptian Army soldiers – they were planting explosives on the beach at Al-Arish – were transferred to hospitals in Gaza for treatment.”

negevOpinion: It interesting that Amalek’s tribes also came from the same desert area of the Sinai.

Jewish Virtual Library: “The Amalekites were a people of the Negev and adjoining desert (Sinai) that were a hereditary enemy of Israel from wilderness times to the early monarchy. Amalek, a son of Esau’s son Eliphaz, was presumably the eponymous ancestor of the Amalekites.”

Amalek was the first enemy that the Israelites encountered after crossing the Red Sea. In the battle at Rephidim (a place in the desert), as told in Exodus 17:8-13, the Amalekites attacked the Israelites encamped in the desert but were defeated.

The Israelites were led in the battle by Joshua, while Moses, Aaron and Hur watched from a nearby hill. Moses noticed that when his arms were raised the Israelites gained the upper hand, but when they were down the Amalekites prevailed. Moses sat with his hands held up by Aaron and Hur until sunset, securing the Israelite victory.

The most decisive clash between Israel and Amalek took place 400 years (1100 BC) later when God instructed king Saul through the prophet (1 Samuel 15:1-3) to kill all the Amalekites: men, women, children and animals.

Saul disobeyed and God kept Agag, the king of Amalek, and choice animals alive as a trophy.

As a result, the blood of Amalek, grandson of Esau, turned up some 700 years later in Persia (modern day Iran) in Haman the Agagite (Esther 3:5-6).

And isn’t it interesting that Amalek, the only person in the Bible that God swore to have war with generation after generation (Exodus 17:16), is teaming up with Hamas (Hebrew for violence) today.