Mardi, 2 Août 2005 Palestine International Press Center (IPC)
(official Palestinian National authority news source – Agence officielle
de l’Autorité Nationale palestinienne)
An Israeli -Egyptian Principle Agreement over Philadelphia Route
PALESTINE, August2, 2005 (IPC+Agencies) --- Israel and Egypt singed in
principle an official agreement to deploy 750 Egyptian troops along the
Philadelphia border route after the Israeli withdrawal.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Maj. General Amos
Gilad, a senior official at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and head of
the Egyptian intelligence, Omar Suleiman.
The details of the agreement will be finalized in the coming weeks
during the meeting of the military security committee
Abu al-Gheit met with Jebriel Rajoub, P.A National Security Advisor, on
Monday at night in Cairo, and discussed issues regarding the Israeli
withdrawal from Gaza, the Egyptian daily AL Ahram reported.
An Egyptian diplomatic source stated that Abu al-Gheit asserted that the
Palestinian factions should be united and committed to the Cairo
agreement in order to achieve full control over the Gaza Strip following
the Israeli withdrawal
Rajoub stated that the P.A is conducting utmost efforts in order to make
this withdrawal, from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank, the
starting point of ending the occupation and establishing the Palestinian
Egypt will dispatch another specialized team to Gaza in order to assist
the Palestinian National Authority in reconstructing and reforming its
civil and security devices in order to control the situation in the
Earlier, Sharon said that he will not pullout the troops from the
Philadelphia route along the borders of Gaza with Egypt but if the later
assume the security responsibilities in the area.
The Palestinians are fully aware that the Israeli pullout from Gaza will
not be fully if Israel retains its troops along the route with Egypt,
the only border artillery of the Gaza Strip connected with an Arab
For a long time, Israel claimed that the weapon smuggling through the
Philadelphia route is posing a strategic risk, allegedly saying that it
will enable the Palestinians to obtain anti-air craft missiles.