Friday, September 30, 2011

Egyptian envoy to PA: Israel plotting to retake control of the Sinai

Egyptian Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Othman believes Israel is plotting to retake control of the Sinai peninsula, he said in an interview with Palestinian news agency Ma'an published on Friday.

Othman stated that Israel has increased its rhetoric about lawlessness in Sinai and the subsequent terror threat to Israel, setting up a pretext to take control of the area.

The Egyptian official said that Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are attempting to give the impression to the outside world that Egypt's post-revolutionary government is incapable of controlling its border with Israel.

Othman defended Egypt against claims that Sinai was not sufficiently under the control of the government. He stated that their was a campaign underway to improve security in the region, particularly in the northern Sinai on the border with Gaza. He added that the vast size of Sinai and its difficult terrain should be taken into consideration when judging the efficacy of Egypt's control of the area.


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