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Amr Moussa Photo: Reuters
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Moussa: Peace treaty 'untouchable'

Egyptian presidential hopeful Amr Moussa believes Camp David Accords cannot be harmed, as he condemns attack on Israeli embassy in Cairo

Roee Nahmias
Published: 09.17.11, 14:36 / Israel News

Egyptian presidential hopeful and former Arab League Secretary-General, Amr Moussa, is in no hurry to support the call to re-open the Camp David Accords to negotiation, as he tells a Kuwaiti paper Al-Jarida that the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt "has become a historical record."

 

Moussa called the Camp David peace treaty "untouchable," after senior officials in the Egyptian government angered Israel's Foreign Ministry officials on Friday when raising the possibility of re-opening the Camp David peace treaty to negotiation.

 

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The Egyptian candidate for the presidency also condemned the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last week, when Egyptian protestors broke into the Israeli embassy in Cairo and nearly carried out a lynching against the six Israeli security officers who were barricaded inside.

 

"What was done by some Egyptians in the embassy is unacceptable. I'm not pleased with such hooliganism actions," said Moussa.

 

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Yasser Reda, was summoned Friday to a meeting at the Foreign Ministry where he was told that "under no circumstances would the peace treaty be reopened for negotiation".

 

As for Israel's relations with Turkey, Moussa remarked that "Turkey understands the meaning of injustice from which the Palestinians are suffering. The rift between Ankara and Tel Aviv has exposed the true meaning and strategic plans of Israel."

 

The Egyptian envoy was summoned following a recent slew of negative statements made by senior Egyptian officials. On Thursday Egyptian Prime Minister Sharaf said that "The Camp David accords were not sacred" and "always open to modification". He claimed that opening the treaty to modifications would "benefit the region or a just peace".

 

Jerusalem was not amused by the statements: "Israel expresses its irritation over the recurrent calls from senior Egyptian officials over the need for modification to the peace treaty and other anti-Israeli statements," the Director General of the Foreign Ministry Rafi Barak stressed to the Egyptian envoy.

 

"The relations between our two nations must also find expression in statements and leaders must show responsibility. The recent statements lead to the opposite, the height of which we witnessed in the attempt to harm the embassy in Cairo," Barak added.

 

 

 

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