Egypt is not a base for Al-Qaeda.
After Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accused Egypt of aiding Al-Qaeda terrorists, the Egyptian authorities vehemently denied this. In the words of National Security Chief, Hamed Abdullah, “There are no members of the AL-Qaeda organization in Egypt. What has been said is baseless.”
Israel has reasons to be wary. Hosni Mubarak’s government was on friendly terms with Israel. But the new government in Egypt has not only opened access to the Gaza Strip but brokered a peace agreement between Hamas and Al Fatah. Israel considers Hamas to be a terrorist group.