Israeli military officers believe that “it is only a matter of time” before the radical Islamic State jihadist organization attempts to “employ its significant military capabilities” against towns and cities that straddle the border with the Sinai Peninsula.

Israel Radio on Friday quoted a senior officer serving in the IDF Engineering Corps as saying that the military spent the past year preparing for anticipated hostile actions from armed Islamist groups in Sinai.

Lt. Col. Gilad Avralinzi, an engineering officer with the 80th Division, said that the border fence that was constructed along the Israel-Sinai frontier will during the course of the next year be outfitted with sophisticated electronics and surveillance equipment, including cameras, optics, and radars. […]