Al Monitor: CAIRO — The battle between the Egyptian army and extremist groups is ongoing in northern Sinai. The confrontation only intensified in July 2013, after the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, when extremist groups exploited the chaos of that time and further organized and spread throughout Sinai.
Fighting between the Egyptian army and extremist groups in Sinai has been ongoing for more than five years. The latest attack [by extremists] led to the deaths of four policemen Aug. 9. more …
Opinion: The question as to why terrorist tribes took up arms in Egypt’s Sinai has a very old answer. The Sinai was where Amalek, of whom the Lord has sworn to have war with in every generation, made his first attack against the Israelites, Ex. 17:16.
YNet news April 1, 2017: “Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has issued an urgent travel warning to Israelis travelling in the Sinai several days ago, following reports of ISIS’s intention to take control of the peninsula.
ISIS’s branch in the Sinai Peninsula is comprised of the local Bedouin tribes and Salafi jihadists. The Salafi part of the extension has grown rapidly within the last year compared to their Bedouin counterparts, and the shift made a noticeable difference in goals.
The current reality is that the group is now considering itself as more jihadist, and so changed course accordingly and is now planning to either take over or establish a caliphate in Sinai, setting out of their comfort zone at the north-east part of the peninsula.”
Excerpt “Antichrist: The Search for Amalek” page 45:
“No sooner had he heard of Israel’s departure from Egypt, than he set out against them and met them by the Red Sea. Amalek now marched from his settlement in Seir [Jordan] which was no less than four hundred parasangs [approximately 900 miles] away from the encampment of the Jews; and although five nations, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Jebusites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, had their dwellings between his home and the camp of the Jews, he insisted upon being the first to declare war upon Israel.”
Amalek fought against Joshua in the battle at Rephidim (here) in the southern Sinai, but was not destroyed. Amalek attacked the Israelites again in the hill country (Numbers 14:44-45), again near Jericho (Judges 3:12–13), and a decisive clash against Saul (1 Samuel 15:1-3) when Saul was commanded to destroy Amalek, but disobeyed, keeping Agag, the king of Amalek, alive as a trophy.
Amalek will make his last entry in prophecy in the Sinai where his terrorism career began. In the still future war of Psalm 83, Amalek is associated with Arabs of the Sinai, Psalm 83:7.
Amalek was twice designated in the Pentateuch (Ex. 17:14–16; Deut. 25:19) as the one against whom war should be waged until his memory be blotted out forever, and became, in rabbinical literature, the type of Israel’s archenemy.