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Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate : 'Islam is the Solution'

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohamed Mursi launches presidential campaign under banner of 'Islam is the Solution'.

Sinai Bedouin factions demand Egypt amend peace accord with Israel - Demands come as Israel Counterterrorism Bureau calls on Israelis to leave Sinai, citing immediate threats.
The Egyptian Parliament and the Supreme Military Council are aware of the security risks in Sinai – a situation that may prompt an Israeli intervention in the peninsula. The Egyptian government has recognized the need for investment in Sinai's resources, and according to local reports has allocated about 100 million dollars for infrastructure, industry and services in the area. However, the funds have yet to be provided, and it is still unclear when they will be officially transferred.

As a result, Bedouins continue to be involved in smuggling and providing assistance to terrorist organizations in order to make a living – all while clashing with the Egyptian security forces, taking over police stations or blocking roads.



Published: 04.21.12


Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood's new presidential candidate, officially launched his campaign on Saturday, under the banner "Islam is the Solution."


Mursi, who was named the movement's candidate after the disqualification of Khairat al-Shater, held a press conference and told reporters that under his regime, Cairo would respect its international treaties.


Asked whether he would meet with Israeli officials Mursi said: "The president is obligated to express the people's wishes and honor all international agreements, but he cannot be made to execute any externally-dictated policies."



He further stressed the he would lend special priority to the Palestinian issue.


"We intend to make the Palestinian issue our main issue. It should be like that for whoever is elected as the president ofEgypt. We can definitely stand up to the world and say that the Palestinians have rights," he pledged.




Mursi's main rival in the elections, former Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, also addressed Israel-Egypt relation Saturday, while touring the Aswan province.


Moussa said that under his leadership, "We will demand that the Middle East become a free of nuclear weapons and that that measure will be imposed on Israel before it is imposed onIran."



Moussa's hard-line politics vis-à-vis Jerusalem are known and he has recently stated that if elected – he would demand the revision of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.





Sinai Bedouin factions demand Egypt amend peace accord with Israel -
The heads of Bedouin communities in northern Sinai are demanding the Egyptian parliament amend the Camp David Accords with Israel, claiming they do not guarantee national security and do not provide for the Bedouin population's participation in security plans for the Peninsula.

The Bedouins' demands were made on Thursday, when members of the Egyptian national Security Council visited the coastal town of Al-Arish to inspect the community's economic situation and assess the security situation.




Earlier on Saturday, Israel's Counterterrorism Bureau issued an urgent warning to Israeli tourists in Sinai, urging them to leave the peninsula immediately, citing a "critical and immediate threat."

"Based on information in our possession, terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip are continuing to work energetically to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli targets on Sinai's beaches in the immediate term," the Bureau said in a statement.

Last May, the Egyptian government was presented with a program to include Bedouin elders in securing northern Sinai and putting a halt attacks on the Israeli-bound-gas pipeline. The plan also stressed a framework for dealing with radical Islamist organizations operating freely in northern and central Sinai.

According to the program, each Bedouin faction or sub-faction would enlist a group of at least twenty young men whose duty would be to patrol and report on any suspicious activities in their respective areas. These men would receive a salary from the security forces and will be incorporated into the regional police force.

So far, the plan has not been approved, even though it may provide a different recourse for Bedouins instead of weapon and refugee smuggling and assistance to terrorist organizations.

Bedouin leaders have demanded the deployment of helicopters to Sinai to track the movements of smugglers and terrorists, as well as an upgrade of the cellular phone network which is today largely dependent on antennae in Gaza and Israel. Yet their most important demand is to open a free trade zone in Sinai and establish an official and open terminal between Sinai and Gaza to replace the current tunnel-based trade routes – a step that would also provide employment to the local Bedouin community.

The Egyptian Parliament and the Supreme Military Council are aware of the security risks in Sinai – a situation that may prompt an Israeli intervention in the peninsula. The Egyptian government has recognized the need for investment in Sinai's resources, and according to local reports has allocated about 100 million dollars for infrastructure, industry and services in the area. However, the funds have yet to be provided, and it is still unclear when they will be officially transferred.

As a result, Bedouins continue to be involved in smuggling and providing assistance to terrorist organizations in order to make a living – all while clashing with the Egyptian security forces, taking over police stations or blocking roads.



http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4218960,00.html

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/sinai-bedouin-factions-demand-egypt-amend-peace-accord-with-israel-1.425661


Added: Apr-21-2012 Occurred On: Apr-21-2012
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