The Israeli Defense Forces are carefully following the activities of the branch of the Islamic State operating in the Sinai Peninsula and are prepared for any threat from that quarter, a senior IDF field officer said on Thursday.

The threat of the Islamic State on Israel’s southern border “is of great concern to the army and influences our preparedness for any incident that might occur,” Col. Arik Chen, deputy commander of the 80th Territorial Division, said yesterday in a briefing for reporters.

The IDF “knows the intentions and the abilities” of the Islamists in the Sinai and is prepared for any aggression, whether it is aimed at the Egyptian security forces or whether “it becomes a threat to Israel in the future,” Chen said. […]