Israel demands new Egypt president respects treaty

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Published Monday, June 18, 2012

Israel on Monday listed its demands for the incoming Egyptian president, highlighting concerns in Tel Aviv that post-Mubarak Egypt may undermine its security.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak demanded that whoever wins the race – which pits Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi against former prime minister Ahmed Shafik – recognize the peace treaty with Israel and suppress anti-Israeli attacks.

"We expect the president to take responsibility for all of Egypt's international commitments, including the peace treaty with Israel, and to ensure security arrangements are in place in the Sinai to stop these kinds of attacks," the right-wing Jerusalem Post quoted Barak as saying.

Attacks on Israel from the Sinai Peninsula have grown in the past year, as the ruling Egyptian military junta has struggled to suppress anti-Israeli sentiment.

Three were killed on Monday when unknown gunmen fired on an Israeli crew building a border barrier on the Egyptian frontier. A Palestinian citizen of Israel was killed, while Israeli forces shot dead two gunmen.

Unofficial results show the Mursi leading Shafik, raising the prospect of Egypt's first modern-day Islamist president.

The Brotherhood, vehemently critical of Israel, has stated on many occasions that they will seek to modify the treaty, though they have stopped short of calling for it to be scrapped.

Israel was unsettled last year after its former ally, dictator Hosni Mubarak was swept from power in a popular uprising, ending a period of normalization between the two neighbors.

(Al-Akhbar, Ahram Online)

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