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Suleiman: Israel may consider re-occupying Sinai

In an interview with Egyptian daily al-Youm al-Saba'a, Suleiman analyzed relations between the two neighboring countries in the wake of the Arab Spring and the ongoing terrorist activity originating from the Sinai Peninsula. "I'm fearful of the price Egypt will have to pay if Israel decides to reoccupy Sinai," he said.





"I fear that Israel thinks Egypt has become one of its enemies," Suleiman said referring to the close relations between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and the current situation in Sinai.



He called on the Muslim Brotherhood party, which is considered his political rivals, "to exercise caution in an effort to keep peace in the region."



He further said that he is fearful of misleading signals that could lead to unwanted confrontations. "If the Israelis reenter Sinai, they won't be quick to leave it again. Egypt could pay a heavy price if such an event occurred," he said.



Islamists militants kills 2 Egyptians soldiers in Sinai and escapes.



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04.15.12

Egyptian presidential candidate Omar Suleiman addressed the relations between Egypt and Israel for the first time since he announced his candidacy earlier this month.


In an interview with Egyptian daily al-Youm al-Saba'a, Suleiman analyzed relations between the two neighboring countries in the wake of the Arab Spring and the ongoing terrorist activity originating from the Sinai Peninsula. "I'm fearful of the price Egypt will have to pay if Israel decides to reoccupy Sinai," he said.


He called on the Muslim Brotherhood party, which is considered his political rivals, "to exercise caution in an effort to keep peace in the region."



"I fear that Israel thinks Egypt has become one of its enemies," he said referring to the close relations between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and the current situation in Sinai.



He further said that he is fearful of misleading signals that could lead to unwanted confrontations. "If the Israelis reenter Sinai, they won't be quick to leave it again. Egypt could pay a heavy price if such an event occurred," he said.



According to Suleiman, "Egypt should continue tightening its relationship with Hamas but not at the expense of the country's national interests, regional security and peace that will all enable Egypt to further develop internally."




Suleiman, appointed deputy president by Mubarak in his last days in power, entered the presidential race at the last moment, triggering both concern and heavy criticism from reformists who see him as a symbol of Mubarak's rule and a danger to democracy.



Tens of thousands of Egyptians packed into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to protest against Suleiman's run for the presidency. Muslim Brotherhood supporters waved banners depicting the presidential candidate as an agent of Israel.





Meanwhile, the body overseeing Egypt's presidential election recently [url=/articles/0,7340,L-4215865,00.html]disqualified[/url] 10 candidates from the race, including Suleiman.




According to election rules, disqualified candidates have 48 hours to appeal the decision. The final list of candidates will be announced on April 26.




Suleiman told Egyptian media sources that the commission did not fully disqualify him but had told him that he had not presented the proper number of endorsements. Each candidate needed at least 30,000 endorsements, including at least 1,000 from each of the country's 15 provinces, to join the race.





In response to his "temporary" disqualification, Suleiman pledged to press ahead with his campaign out of respect to his supporters.



"Israel regards the Sinai Peninsula as an unsecure area, and is lead by the notion that Egyptian territory can be used for rocket launching. Therefore, Israel may consider returning to secure borders," he added.











http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4216393,00.html


Added: Apr-17-2012 Occurred On: Apr-17-2012
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  • Israel can invade Sinai in 2 hours but it won't

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    • @Egyptianrevolution

      keep the peace guys it has been good for both your country's. who cares if they can invade they have a treaty with Egypt and i don't see Israel violating it with out cause.

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    • @Darkone
      Absolutely right, because of the great benefits of the peace treaty Israel will not invade Sinai. In this treaty no Egyptian Army in Sinai , Egypt recognize Israel , Egypt stop supporting Palestininans, Egypt offers Gas and oil with lowest prices and many many benefits to the Israeli side after all If you are a Jew why will you risk to make a war with over 85 million Egyptians next to your borders ?

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  • Hard to believe Israel will actually retake the Sinai, but as long as Islamic groups use the Sinai in order to attack Israel, and seems Egypt can't do much about it (2 Egyptian policmen/soldiers were executed 2 days ago in the Sinai by Islamic militants which managed to flee), it is possible Israel will eventually launch it's own operation/s inside Sinai- the deal back in 1979 was giving the Sinai back to Egypt in exchange for peace (quiet border) - once the border is no longer quiet then the de More..

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  • Go Israel.
    Palestine is a lie, like most everything else the left thinks or supports.

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    • @MB-UK

      If you were reffering to Israel, then I don't see any 'shit-brewing' about this: this was said by an Egyptian official, not by Israel.

      He is the only Egyptian for now who can see that the current situation of the Sinai becoming a radical Islamic intitey which don't hesitate to launch attacks against Israel, might have consequences for Egypt.

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    • @MB-UK
      Attacks on israel come from outside.
      We can deal with them.Makes live not easy but we take it.
      Europe on the other hand is being attacked from the inside. No way you will be able to deal with it.
      And your lives will be over (unless you convert to islam).

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    • @MB-UK So true.

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  • What does Octomom know about world politics?

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  • Wise words of the man...... Peace above all.

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  • They should, and cut off the Gaza smuggling tunnels.

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  • The true Egyptian revolution will start soon .

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