Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00

The Future of the Sinai Peninsula

Written by  Ruben Tuitel
The Sinai Peninsula has been a center of conflict for many years, starting with the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. After Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords in 1978, it became a peaceful region, strongly controlled by the military during Hosni Mubarak‚Äôs rule in Cairo. Now, after several years of non-violence, the Sinai  Peninsula is once again the center of a complicated conflict. Heavy protests across Egypt in 2011 forced Hosni Mubarak to step down from the presidency, creating a security vacuum in the Sinai that allowed radical Islamists to almost freely operate in the region. During the months that followed, insurgent groups grew in number,  recruiting frustrated Bedouin who have been neglected by the Egyptian government for years.
 
It seems that the Sinai continues to be an area of conflict, but what about the future?