Egyptian soldier sinai 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
amendment to the Camp David Accords, the agreement that ended
decades-long hostilities between Egypt and Israel, must be made in
coordination with the governments in Cairo and Jerusalem, Egyptian
newspaper al-Youm as-Sabaa reported Tuesday.
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According to Egyptian military official Ismail Otman, the peace treaty is not being altered in any way at the present time, al-Youm as-Sabaa
reported, despite attempts by "extremist elements to drive a wedge
between that people of Sinai and the [Egyptian] military on the one
hand, and also cause unrest with Israel."
The report comes on the heels of a four-day demonstration outside the Israeli embassy where Egyptian protesters, enraged over the deaths of five Egyptian security personnel on the Israeli border, demanded the treaty be annulled, and one man even climbing 21 stories to rip the Israeli flag from its perch.
While the noise outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo has mostly quieted
down, and the blue-and-white flag flies once again on the embassy
building, the issue remains contentious amongst many Egyptians.
And despite tensions between the government in Cairo and Jerusalem as
well, Egypt has at the same time shown an interest in helping to
maintain stability and security along the border in Sinai which runs
along Gaza and Israel.
On Tuesday, while reports
circulated in Israel that a 10-man terror cell was planning to attack Israelis, Egypt continued its military operation to hunt down jihadi
groups in the northern Sinai Peninsula, adding some 1,500 soldiers and
police officers - supported by tanks and armored vehicles - in the area,
reported Monday. Egyptian forces began combing the cities of El-Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah, near the Gaza border.
Fearing a spike in violence on the Id al-Fitr holiday, authorities
reportedly called on Beduin tribal elders to urge would-be terrorists
not to engage in violent acts.Yaakov Katz and Oren Kessler contributed to this report.