Allegedly Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operatives have been implicated as having had knowledge of the attack: Izz al-Din al-Qassam is the military wing of Hamas.
While Egypt Independent reports that a forensic investigation "suggests" that the uniforms of those who attacked in the Sinai were made in Nablus.
Where this is going is not clear. Nablus is in a PA-controlled area, not in Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority, which is clearly ecstatic about the increasing tension between Egypt and Hamas, insists that some of the terrorists in the attack did come from Gaza and has even provided Egypt with names of suspects.
The PA is now calling on Egypt to destroy the tunnels between Gaza and the Sinai.
Hamas, Khaled Abu Toameh reports in the JPost, has accused PA President Abbas of "cheap opportunism," while Hamas official Salah Bardaweed referred to the PA call as "immoral and irresponsible."
The drama is high indeed. And that is not just with regard to words and accusations: the Egyptian army is still attacking terrorists sites in the Sinai.
Morsi says he's in charge of the operation. And indeed, it does seem to be the case that he is!
For the big breaking news is this -- out as I am writing: Morsi has just "retired" Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi as chief of staff and minister of defense. Tantawi served as defense minister under Mubarak for 20 years and headed the ruling Military Council for 17 months since Mubarak was ousted.
You see Tantawi to the left, with Morsi, here:
New defense minister is Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, but I have no information on him, as yet.
Once again, because of the multiplicity of subjects to address, I am tabling further exploration of the conclusions of the Levi Report -- with regard to the legality of "settlements" in Judea and Samaria. This is something I will be addressing at length.
Here, I will end with an upbeat message: Romney's choice of Paul Murphy as VP candidate is looking good:
Read what National Review editors have to say about his selection (with thanks to Judith N.):
"Governor Romney has made an inspired choice. Paul Ryan will make an excellent running mate and, if elected, vice president. What is most gratifying about the decision, however, is what it says about Romney himself.
"Romney could have decided to run a vague and vacuous campaign based on the idea that the public would default to the out party in a bad economy. By selecting Ryan, he has ensured that the campaign will instead to a significant degree be about a conservative governing agenda.
"Romney could have rested his argument against Obama on the poor economic results of his time in office. Paul Ryan is the Republican who has made the most pointed critique of the philosophy that underlies Obama's economic policies...Solyndra is not just a scandal, Ryan notes: It is the kind of crony-capitalist fiasco to which Obama’s view inevitably leads.
"...Conservatives, and not just the Romney campaign and the Republican apparatus, will have to stand ready to fight back against the distortions that are sure to come -- indeed, have already begun. Democrats will say that Romney-Ryan is a ticket committed to 'dismantling' Medicare (by ensuring its solvency); that it would leave the poor to fend for themselves (by extending the successful principles of welfare reform); that their only interest is to comfort the rich (whose tax breaks they wish to pare back). These are debates worth winning, and they can be won.
"The first question any vice-presidential pick must answer is whether he is ready to become president should disaster strike. Fiscal disaster is striking. A mark of statesmanship is to face mathematical reality and make hard choices in its light. Romney has chosen a running mate who is more presidential than the incumbent." (Emphasis in the original)