Barak warns Egyptian regime on terror from Sinai (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF 06/26/12)
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Israel will not tolerate continuing terrorist attacks from the Sinai
Peninsula, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned new Egyptian president-
elect Mohamed Morsy at a meeting of his Independence faction Monday
at the Knesset.
When terrorist attacks emerged from Sinai over the last several
months, Israel limited its response, in part because it did not want
to be seen as interfering in the Egyptian election. Now that the
election is over and a victor has been declared, Barak toughened his
talk regarding Israel’s southern neighbor.
“We will not accept our citizens’ way of life being harmed and we
will not tolerate citizens getting hit from Sinai and terror,” Barak
“We have an obligation to our citizens in the Gaza periphery, who are
showing determination and strength.”
Barak praised the Iron Dome rocket defense system for providing
Israeli forces added flexibility and freedom to act and helping build
“The IDF will continue to take action against terrorists,” he
vowed. “We will not accept rocket fire on the South.”
The defense minister said he “respects the democratic process in
Egypt” and expressed his expectations that Cairo would honor the 1979
peace treaty with Israel.
Calling the treaty a “bedrock of stability in the Middle East,” he
said Israel would monitor developments in Egypt, in particular as
they pertain to security, stability, peace and regional quiet. The
Egyptian leadership, he added, has both opportunities and challenges
ahead of it.
Vice Premier and Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz said he expects that
Israel’s relationship with the regime and the people of Egypt
will “be as it should for two countries that have a peace treaty
“That is our goal and I believe it is the goal of the Egyptians as
well,” he told a meeting of the Kadima faction in Ashkelon.
Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor on Monday expressed
cautious optimism that Israeli-Egyptian relations would be maintained
despite Morsy’s victory.
“The story in Egypt has not yet finished,” he said, “but we hope that
the bilateral cooperation will continue and that the peace treaties
signed by [former prime minister Menachem] Begin and [former Egyptian
president Anwar] Sadat will be honored.”
Speaking at a Jewish Agency conference in Jerusalem, Meridor added
that Morsy’s election victory is the latest change in an unstable
Middle East. “When we look around us, everything looks quiet and
calm. But in reality, the world is trembling.”
Turning to the ongoing massacre of civilians by Syrian President
Bashar Assad, Meridor said: “If the Syrian regime falls, and I hope
it does because of its cruelty, it will be a severe blow to Iran.”
The intelligence agencies minister also said that it is incumbent
upon the international community to display resolve in confronting
the Iranian threat.
“There is a struggle between Iran and the civilized world. If Iran is
allowed to achieve nuclear weapons status, it will change the rules
of the game completely,” said Meridor. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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