Feiglin: Israeli return to Sinai inevitable (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 06/25/12)
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Far-right Likud activist, MK Ben-Ari say illusion of peace with Egypt
over after Morsy victory; Yechimovich says Israel must do all to
Recapturing the Sinai Peninsula that Israel gave to Egypt in the 1979
peace treaty is a foregone conclusion following the victory of Muslim
Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy in Egypt’s presidential election,
far-right Likud activist Moshe Feiglin said Sunday night.
Feiglin said he was surprised by the Brotherhood taking over Israel’s
neighbor to the South. He noted that the peace agreement, which then-
prime minister Menachem Begin signed with then-Egyptian leader Anwar
Sadat, was never implemented on the Egyptian side even though 4,500
Jews living in Sinai lost their homes.
“There never was peace,” Feiglin said.
“Those who still dream sweet dreams of Begin’s Camp David Accords and
Yitzhak Rabin’s Oslo agreements need to wake up and see that what
happened in Egypt is the continuation of the Iranian revolution, and
Islamic fundamentalism will take over the entire region. It is clear
that in the end, reality will require Israel to return to where we
were before [Sinai] and unfortunately withdrew.”
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari called Morsy’s victory “the final
nail in the coffin of the illusion of the peace with Egypt that we
paid a heavy price for.”
Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich said that peace with Egypt is of
the highest strategic importance, and Israel must do everything in
its power to maintain it.
“Despite the complexity involved, we must conduct a dialogue with
whoever is elected to lead Egypt,” she said.
Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said last week that Israel must make
overtures to Morsy and his Brotherhood if they won.
“We have no choice but to find a way to start a dialogue with the
Muslim Brotherhood,” Ben-Eliezer said. “We need to help Morsy
understand that it is in Egypt’s interest to maintain peace with us,
no less than Israelis realize that it is in our interest to maintain
peace with them.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 06/25/12)
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