Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The Pharaoh (Ehud Mubarak) Asks For Israeli Permission to Double The Number of His Troops Sealing The Gaza Ghetto
(Cartoon by Khalil Bendib)
"Egyptian and Israeli sources reported on Tuesday that Cairo asked Israel to allow more Egyptian troops on the Gaza Egypt borders. The Egyptian government said that the additional troops are to secure the areas between Egypt and the Gaza Strip......
According to the 1979 peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, Cairo must take the approval of Israeli first before increasing the troop's number on the borders with Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, welcomed the Egyptian demand to double the number of troops that are stationed along its borders with Israel and Gaza. Livni said that she will present her recommendations to the Israeli Prime Minister Ehod Olmert during the meeting between the two about this issue that will take place on Wednesday.
On Monday clashes broke out between the Egyptian troops that are closing the border breeches, made by the Palestinians two weeks ago, and Palestinian civilians who are trying to cross the borders into Egypt for supplies. The clashes that lasted several hours left one Palestinian man dead and 10 other Palestinians injured, while Egypt said that 20 soldiers were lightly injured in the clashes.
On Tuesday Egyptian sources stated that Egypt is willing to operate the Rafah crossing on the basis of the 2005 deal......"