Amr Moussa: Camp David Accords ´were buried long ago´ (ISRAEL HAYOM) Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff 05/01/12))
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Frontrunner in upcoming Egyptian presidential election continues anti-
Israel rhetoric, says the historic accords "belong on the shelf," but
stresses that if Israel respects peace treaty, so will Egypt • Peres:
Egypt-Israel relations in "difficult period."
The Camp David Accords "died and were buried long ago," Amr Moussa,
the leading frontrunner in Egypt´s upcoming presidential race, said
on Monday, further extending his anti-Israel rhetoric.
During a meeting with supporters in the Sohag region in southern
Egypt, Moussa, who previously served as secretary-general of the Arab
League, told the crowd the accords were outdated, saying, "The Camp
David Accords do not exist anymore ... They are historic documents
that belong on the shelf as a reminder since the purpose of the
accords included the establishment of an independent Palestinian
government, while today we speak of establishing an independent
Palestinian state," he said.
However, the former Arab League secretary-general then moderated his
comments on the agreement signed in 1978, whose aim was to solve the
Palestinian issue and establish a cease-fire between Israel and Egypt
on the basis of Israel returning the Sinai Peninsula to Cairo. The
Camp David accords led to the signing of the Egypt-Israel peace
treaty in 1979.
Moussa stressed that "as long as Israel respects the peace treaty
with Egypt, we will also respect it, even though the main document
that governs the relationship between Israel and the Arabs is the
2002 Arab Peace Initiative."
This is not the first time Moussa has come out against the peace
treaty with Israel. He has previously said that "the Camp David
agreement is not worth the ink and paper it was written on and signed
since it has already expired."
In response to Moussa´s comments on Monday, President Shimon Peres
said on Tuesday that the relationship between Israel and Egypt is in
a "difficult period," but welcomed the Egyptian presidential
frontrunner´s announcement that if he is elected, he will honor the
peace agreement between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram on Monday published a new poll
showing that Moussa, who also served as Egypt´s foreign minister for
10 years under ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, is leading the
presidential race with about 40% of the vote. The poll also showed
him beating his main rival, former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdul
Moneim Abu Al Fotouh, now running on an independent ticket, by more
Moussa has been the target of heavy criticism by the Islamist
movements, which claim that the U.S. and Israel support him after
former Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman´s candidacy was
disqualified last month.
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