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  • Dave Lambert
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      Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:01 PM
      Subject: [ipjn] Haaretz - Egypt Warns Israel: Don't Interfere With Opening of Gaza Border Crossing

       

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      April 30, 2011 by Haaretz (Israel)

      Egypt Warns Israel: Don't Interfere With Opening of Gaza Border Crossing

      Rafah's opening would be a violation of an agreement reached in 2005 between
      the U.S., Israel, Egypt, and the EU; Israel official tells the Wall Street
      Journal developments in Egypt could affect Israel's national security.
      Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Sami Anan warned Israel
      against interfering with Egypt's plan to open the Rafah border crossing with
      Gaza on a permanent basis, saying it was not a matter of Israel's concern,
      Army Radio reported on Saturday. Egypt announced this week that it intended
      to permanently open the border crossing with Gaza within the next few days.

      The announcement indicates a significant change in the policy on Gaza, which
      before Egypt's uprising, was operated in conjunction with Israel. The
      opening of Rafah will allow the flow of people and goods in and out of Gaza
      without Israeli permission or supervision, which has not been the case up
      until now. An Israeli official on Friday told The Wall Street Journal that
      Israel was troubled by the recent developments in Egypt saying they could
      affect Israel's national security at a strategic level. Israel's blockade on
      Gaza has been a policy used in conjunction with Egyptian police to weaken
      Hamas, which has ruled over the strip since 2007.

      Rafah's opening would be a violation of an agreement reached in 2005 between
      the United States, Israel, Egypt, and the European Union, which gives EU
      monitors access to the crossing. The monitors were to reassure Israel that
      weapons and militants wouldn't get into Gaza after its pullout from the
      territory in the fall of 2005. Before Egypt's uprising and ousting of
      longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, the border between Egypt and Gaza had been
      sealed. It has occasionally opened the passage for limited periods.

      © Copyright 2011 Haaretz

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