While it was not clear if he was referring to Monday's rededication ceremony of the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City or to the approval of a new east Jerusalem housing plan last Thursday, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Monday that Israel's actions in Jerusalem are "absurd, an evasion, maneuvering and an attempt to suffocate the Palestinians."
Gheit said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seemed to have a desire for peace when he visited Egypt in December.
"But the recent measures revealed that there is nothing new, only an a desire to waste time. This requires a stance from the international community," the Egyptian foreign minister said, adding that "Israel must know there is a price to pay."
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