Given their activities in the Sinai, will the threat of ISIS reach the point where Israel has to come to the aid of its Arab neighbours? I talk about this eventuality with Zvi Mazel. The former ambassador from Israel to Egypt is now with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Mazel says this is a very real possibility.
The Egyptian army hasn't been able to defeat ISIS on its own. He says that contrary to popular belief, the Egyptian army isn't as competent as we've been led to believe. This is because they were trained by the Soviets during Nasser's time, and focused on conventional, not guerrilla, warfare.
He explains the origins of ISIS, their relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and how they are being assisted by the local Bedouins, who oppose the Egyptian government.
While it would be impossible for Israel and Egypt to cooperate publicly, Mazel says they could nevertheless share intelligence.
I also asked Mazel about Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and how Arab nations in the region will respond. For many of these Muslim countries, he explains, "hatred of Israel is more important (...) than their own security," and that includes defeating ISIS.
Mazel calls the current situation "a problem of civilizations. The Arabs don't want Jews and Christians in the Middle East. They need Israel to fight two Muslim threats: ISIS and Iran. But still they have not the heart, the courage to change their way of thinking."