It is clear that Egypt is trying to gain control over terror in Sinai, and Israel must respect and allow this attempt, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday in an interview with Army Radio.
Responding to Egyptian President Mohammad Morsy's announcement that he is interested in renewing his county's nuclear program to produce electricity, Barak said: "Many countries in the world have nuclear reactors for peaceful purposes. The problem is when a country decides that under this cover, it will begin an effort to obtain nuclear weapons. This is a very serious situation, but we have no indication that Egypt is there."
Earlier Thursday morning Army Radio reported that a special security order is expected to ban citizens from approaching the Israeli-Egypt border at a distance of 300 meters. Barak said that if such an order is needed, then such an order will be made. "The state needs to defend itself effectively," he added.