Egypt Seizes Weapon from Gun-Carrying Israeli Diplomat (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 03/14/12)
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Cairo airport officials seized the gun of an Israeli diplomat who
carried it on board an Air Sinai flight rather than depend on
”According to international aviation regulations, the weapon should
have been placed in the cargo compartment and later handed over to
the passenger upon arrival,” said airport security director Salah
Zeyada, describing the incident as “a big mistake.”
The gun-carrying diplomat was accompanying Israel’s Ambassador to
Egypt, Yaakov Amitai.
Zeyada also protested the diplomat´s carrying the weapon inside the
airport terminal, where customs agents seized the weapon to check if
it matched its license. Explosive experts were called to the
terminal, where they examined the weapon.
The London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat reported that
Amitai has demanded that Egypt beef up its security in light of
attacks and plots to assassinate Israeli diplomats in Georgia, India
Amitai presented his credentials to military leader Field Marshal
Hussein Tantawi, who has been in power since the revolution which
resulted in former President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.
Relations between Egypt and Israel are on diplomatic thin ice.
Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament on Monday called for the
expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Cairo and the recall of
Egypt’s envoy to the Jewish state.
The parliament unanimously approved a text prepared by the Arab
affairs committee of the People’s Assembly calling for “the expulsion
from Egypt of the Israeli ambassador and the recall of Egypt’s envoy
from Tel Aviv.” It also called for halting gas exports to Israel.
“Egypt will never be the friend, partner or ally of the Zionist
entity which we consider as the first enemy of Egypt and the Arab
nation,” read the text.
The Muslim Brotherhood recently threatened to cancel the peace treaty
with Israel by putting the issue up for a referendum and letting
Egyptians decide. Presidential candidate Moussa Amr, however,
recently rejected the possibility that the treaty would be cancelled.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/14/12)
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