'Egypt violating Philadelphi agreement'

Ministers criticize Cairo's decision to allow Hamas's money transfer via Rafah.

rafah 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
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Egypt's agreement to allow monetary transfers to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government through the Rafah border crossing on Saturday drew criticism from cabinet ministers on Sunday, Israel Radio reported. Speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Immigrant Absorption Minister Ze'ev Boim said Egypt was not maintaining the decision to enforce a financial embargo against the Hamas government.
  • Haniyeh smuggles $20 million into Gaza Boim said that by allowing monetary transfers, Egypt was violating the agreement it made with Israel following Israel's withdrawal from the Philadelphi Corridor, and that it was now necessary to reassess that agreement. Minister-without-portfolio Ya'acov Edri (Kadima) said that despite the continued flow of money to Hamas, recapturing the Philadelphi Corridor was the last move Israel should adopt. On Saturday, Egyptian officials at the Rafah crossing allowed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to smuggle $20 million into the Gaza Strip on his way back from the hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, according to a report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.