Kerem Shalom attack has already led to better security cooperation says deputy FM (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By RON FRIEDMAN 08/07/12)
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Danny Ayalon: Muslim Brotherhood accusations that the Mossad was
behind attack are laughable; border crossing to reopen
Israel and Egypt will increase security cooperation following
Sunday’s terror attack at Kerem Shalom, said Deputy Foreign Minister
Danny Ayalon Tuesday.
“We can already see improvement on the ground. The incident shocked
the senior echelons in Cairo. What remains to be seen is whether it
will last,” said Ayalon in an interview to Army Radio.
Ayalon said it is as much in Egypt’s interest as it is in Israel’s to
gain control of the Sinai Peninsula. “I believe that Cairo will
enlist to the cause and do all they can,” said Ayalon, stressing
however that any Egyptian action in the Sinai would have to be done
within the framework of the existing Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.
Egyptian Air Force deployed fighter jets in the Sinai Peninsula on
Monday for the first time since the Egypt-Israel peace treaty was
signed in 1979. According to a high-ranking Egyptian official, a
large military reinforcement would arrive in Sinai in the upcoming
When asked about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s assertion that
Israel was behind the attack, Ayalon dismissed it as laughable,
saying it called to mind the accusation, from two years ago, that the
Mossad had enlisted a man-eating shark to scare tourists away from
Egypt’s beaches. “We rely on what we hear from President Morsi, the
army and the government, not the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Ayalon.
A day and a half after the attack, Israeli defense officials have
decided to reopen the Kerem Shalom border crossing.
Also on Tuesday, Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that dozens of
Egyptian protesters demonstrated in front of the Israeli ambassador’s
residence in Cairo overnight, blaming the Mossad for the attack that
saw 16 Egyptian policemen killed and calling on their government to
cut off ties with Israel. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 08/07/12)
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