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Defining Israel as a Jewish state is something that arouses concern, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit who spoke to the Al Arabiya network on Monday.
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Aboul Gheit feared for the fate of Israeli Arabs in the case that the UN approves a decision to define Israel as a Jewish state.
"Would they give them all the citizens rights that they deserve? Would they remain a minority or could it be that they would be deported?" Aboul Gheit said in the Al Arabiya report.
Aboul Gheit said that Arabs make up 20% of the population of Israel.
What would happen if that number would rise 30%, for example in another
The Egyptian foreign minister denied reports that Prime Minister Bnyamin
Netanyahu met with the Egyptian president's son, Gamal Mubarak, in
Washington last week.
"Its a lie, it is not the first time that the president's son accompied
him, therefore there is no real significance," Aboul Gheit said to Al
The comments come after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in
Washington that “settlement activities in the Palestinian territory are
contrary to international law. They will not create rights for Israel,
nor are they going to achieve peace or security for Israel.
Mubarak urged Israel to “seize the current opportunity” and “not let it
slip through your fingers.”