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Monday, May 14, 2012

Leading Egyptian Presidential candidate calls Israel 'racist,' treaty 'a national security threat'

By the time you read this, I should be airborne again, God willing.

In an interview with Egypt's private CBC Satellite television on Saturday, leading Egyptian Presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh called Israel 'racist' and said that the Camp David treaty between Egypt and Israel is a 'national security threat' to Egypt. Abul Fotouh also denounced the liquidation of Osama Bin Laden.
In Saturday's interview with the private Egyptian CBC satellite station, he said he had opposed the treaty since its implementation. "I still view the peace treaty as a national security threat to Egypt, and it must be revised."

"It is a treaty that forbids Egypt from exercising full sovereignty in the Sinai and allows Israelis to enter Sinai without visas, while they need visas for Cairo," he said.

The treaty, in which Israel withdrew from the Sinai after capturing it in a 1967 war, does not allow Egypt a military presence in parts of the peninsula.

Abul Fotouh said Israel was "a racist state with 200 nuclear warheads" that continued to pose a threat to Egypt.

A moderate Islamist with support from both hardline fundamentalists and liberals, Abul Fotouh refused to describe Bin Laden as a terrorist, saying the term was used by the United States to "hit Muslim interests."

But he said the killing of the Saudi militant was an "act of state terrorism," and Bin Laden had deserved a fair trial, although he disagreed with Bin Laden's use of violence.

"If a just court sentenced him, then the sentence should be applied," he said.

Abul Fotouh's rival Amr Mussa has also argued for the revision of the treaty with Israel and described its policies towards Palestinians as an Egyptian "national security issue."
So can we get the Sinai back? Is everyone ready to have the same thing happen with the 'Palestinians'? No?

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At 7:20 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

If Egypt reneges on the 1979 Peace Treaty, I suspect it will only prove to the vast majority of Israelis -if they needed further proof- and the vast majority of open-minded Westerners that any treaty with an Arab state ultimately isn't worth the paper it's printed on. It'll also splash over onto the Israeli peoples' willingness to risk signing any treaty with the 'Palestinians' giving them their own state. Netanyahu alluded to this in his very powerful speech to Congress. Even a large number of Congessional Democrats won't accept that, although O & Co. will try the Big Lie, to spin it as Israel's fault for intransigence in peace negotiations.

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

2nd comment, speaking of worthless agreements and treaties with Arabs:

There's an informative article at Debkafile, "Palestinians renege on security ties with Israel, restore revolving door for terrorists". Breaking promises to Israel and to the US. Yet O will continue sending American taxpayers' $$$ to the Palis. Hurry up, November!


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