As Security Crackdown Grows, Egypt Seeks to Get Out From Under Israel's Thumb
US officials railing about Egypt’s comparatively small military presence in the Sinai Peninsula seem to forget that under the Camp David Accords the amount of troops they’re “allowed” to keep there is limited, and increases require Israeli approval.
With new President Mohammed Mursi looking to escalate a crackdown against militants along the border with Israel that aspect of the treaty may well be under review, according to a top aide of Mursi.
In an interview with an Egyptian paper, aide Mohamed Gadallah says Mursi is looking at the possibility of amending the treaty to declare full sovereignty over the peninsula, presumably allowing Egypt broader leeway to act unilaterally in the area.
Israeli officials have in the past reacted with extreme hostility to the idea of any changes to the treaty, at times saying the notion that the 30+ year old pact could be revised proved that negotiations with Arab nations were impossible. Israel seems eager to see this crackdown too, however, so the rhetoric may be toned down some in this case.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Nearly 200 Killed in Massive ISIS Offensive Against Sinai Peninsula - July 1st, 2015
- ISIS Attacks Tel Abyad, Retaking Part of Key Syrian Border Town From Kurds - June 30th, 2015
- US Trade Bill Demands Europe End Efforts to Boycott or Sanction Israel - June 30th, 2015
- Rocket Explosion Renews Debate Over Ban on Russian Imports - June 30th, 2015
- ISIS Vows to Oust Hamas, Impose Sharia Law in Gaza - June 30th, 2015