Ashkenazi: Egypt peace treaty of strategic importance

February 14, 2011 21:48

Former Israel Defense Forces chief Gabi Ashkenazi in his first public appearance as a civilian spoke on Monday about the importance of retaining Egypt as an ally but said Israel has contingency plans in case Cairo rescinds its peace treaty with Jerusalem.

“I think that the peace treaty with Egypt as cold as it is, is of strategic importance to the state of Israel and I hope that that will be the case but we have to be ready for that,” referring to the possibility that a new government in Egypt will not recognize the peace treaty with Israel. “And we have planned for this situation,” he added.

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