Egypt: Opposition press slams pro-Fatah summit

Egyptian state-run and opposition press clashed Sunday over President Hosni Mubarak's decision to host a summit tomorrow with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials as a show of support for Fatah after its recent conflict with Hamas. Mubarak invited Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to the meeting in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheik last week, not long after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip. "The cursed summit: Tomorrow Olmert leads an Arab alliance in Sharm e-Sheikh against Hamas," read a headline Sunday in the leftist Egyptian weekly Al-Arabi. The opposition voiced displeasure with Mubarak's decision to throw Egypt's weight behind Fatah, saying the movement didn't deserve it. "The corrupt regime in Egypt has to defend the more corrupt regime [Fatah] in the occupied territories," wrote Magdi Mehna in the independent Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm on Sunday.