“Egypt is largely responsible for what happened on October 7.” “The peace treaty between Egypt and Israel will remain in place.” Two phrases sum up the dispute that has suddenly escalated today, Monday, between Israel and Egypt. This is happening in the Gaza Strip, especially in the city of Rafah, close to the Egyptian border.
It began with extremist Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who criticized Egypt's position by strongly opposing Israel's intention to launch a large-scale ground operation in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Smotrich, who was speaking at a meeting of the parliamentary block of the Religious Zionism party he leads, said Egypt was largely responsible for what happened on October 7, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. Al-Aqsa flood operations, and Hamas was armed through them.
Smotrich called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore US pressure and not send an Israeli delegation to Cairo tomorrow to complete negotiations regarding reaching a prisoner exchange agreement, in which Egypt, Qatar and the United States will participate. Have been. He said the appropriate solution to the return of most Israeli prisoners is to continue the military operation.
On the other hand, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said during a press conference on Monday evening with his Slovenian counterpart Tanja Vajon in the capital Djaljana that his country continues to implement “peace agreements” and normalize relations with Israel.
Over the past two days, Cairo has warned of an escalation of incidents in Rafah, stressing that they indicate a deterioration in the situation in the Gaza Strip, which will have serious consequences, with Israel attacking the city adjacent to Egypt. Threatened to launch military operation. Limit.
US media outlets including the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and New York Times published on Saturday that Cairo warned that Israel would be likely to suspend the peace treaty if it sent troops to Palestinian Rafah, bordering Egypt. The official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation cited the same warning from the Wall Street Journal.
But the Egyptian Foreign Minister, responding to a journalist's question in this regard, said: “Let me clarify, I have no further comments regarding the sources who speak in the media about this matter… Previous “This has happened in 40 years of normal relations (with Israel), and we will continue.” “As a way of addressing this matter (the Gaza war), in doing more.”
Shukri continued: There is a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel, which has been in effect for the last 40 years, and we deal with confidence and effectiveness, and we will continue to do so in this era, and any actions taken by a few individuals It is also possible that the matter has been distorted.
In turn, the Israeli Kan channel quoted Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry as saying that the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is here to stay.
It is noteworthy that after the Camp David Accords signed between the two parties in 1978, Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in Washington on March 26, 1979 and its most prominent provisions included stopping the state of war, normalizing relations. Is included. The complete withdrawal by Israel of its armed forces and civilians from the Sinai Peninsula, and dearming the area.
Over the past few days, Rafah has seen an increase in attacks by Israeli occupation forces, who launched violent raids that left dozens dead and wounded, a clear response to international warnings about the humanitarian consequences of military action against the city. Israel ignores the multitude of displaced people.
Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip for 129 days, which as of Monday has left 28,340 dead and 67,984 wounded, most of them children and women, with thousands missing under the debris, according to Palestinian and UN figures. . Because of this, Israel was prosecuted for genocide for the first time since its establishment.