Israeli Shin Bet Chief Avi Dichter told cabinet ministers on Sunday that a planned attack against Israeli tourists in the Sinai over the Rosh Hashanah holiday was foiled, likely as a result of the army operation in Gaza last week, which took the lives of 13 Palestinians.

Dichter stood shortage of explaining how an attack in Gaza had resulted in preventing an attack in the Egyptian Sinai.

Dichter warned ministers against accepting the Egyptian demand for Israel to leave the Philadelphi Route as part of the disengagement plan, claiming that it could bring weapons smuggling from Egypt to previously unforeseen levels.

The Shin Bet head recommended establishing Israeli-Egyptian cooperation along the border area as the most effective measure to bring the smuggling to a halt.