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Sources: Egypt will not escalate response to Israeli killing of Egyptian soldiers

An informed source reveals behind-the-scene efforts to calm the sticky diplomatic quagmire caused by Israel's killing of five Egyptian soldiers Thursday night

Dina Ezzat , Saturday 20 Aug 2011
Demonstration outside of Israeli Embassy in Cairo
Demonstration outside of Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Photo: Mai Shaheen
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"At the moment we are inclined to summon our ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations, but I don’t think we will go very far beyond this; the ambassador will come for a few days or a couple of weeks and then he will go back," said an informed Egyptian official.

The official acknowledged some attempts from influential Western capitals to dissuade Egypt from an overly harsh, angry reaction over the killing of Egyptian soldiers on the borders with Israel Thursday night. The soldiers were killed in the wake of an Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza strip that spilled into Egyptian border and territories.

Egyptians have been protesting in front of the Israeli embassy demanding, among ther things, to expel the Israeli ambassador from Egypt and cut off relations.

Conversely, the message that has been coming from some capitals, including Washington, according to this source, is that Israel had warned Egypt of conspicuous tunnels being dug between Gaza and the eastern Egyptian borders that are being used to smuggle weapons.

Egypt had already received an Israeli agreement to upgrade the military presence on the borders between Egypt and Israel beyond the limitations of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. It was intended to raise Egypt’s control of the situation in Sinai in the wake of infiltration of some militants from Gaza into Sinai through the tunnels.

"We shared information with Israel to the effect that these militants are only pockets of a radical militant group in Gaza; and I am not talking about Hamas," said another Egyptian official. "We had been sharing concern about the situation in Sinai and the Israelis know very well through the consultations of the past few days that this situation is [just as much] a reason for our concern as it is for theirs," he added.

Cairo has been trying to keep its relations with Tel Aviv in order since the end of the Hosni Mubarak regime on 11 February. They sent clear assurances to Tel Aviv, Washington and other capitals that the end of the Mubarak regime would not entail any change in the nature of peaceful relations with Israel.

Cairo, according to the same officials, is not planning to bring up the issue of re-negotiating the details of the Egyptian military presence in Sinai, as specified by the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

"This is not planned for now; what we are working on now is to contain the situation and restore order," said the informed Egyptian official.

He added that Cairo is still expecting to keep the upgraded military presence in Sinai within the current range that has been agreed upon with Israel.

According to a Sinai-based security source, security measures are being firmly stepped up.

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clem
21-08-2011 01:02pm
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sinai
Every radical Islamic group is setting up shop in the Sinai.This is being done with a cooperative Egyptian military.It wont be long before iaf attack helicopters and drones go after this vermin.
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Amir
21-08-2011 09:31am
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Terrible journalism
"The soldiers were killed in the wake of an Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza strip that spilled into Egyptian border and territories." Is not true. The Egyptian soldiers were killed when Israeli troops were chasing a group of Palestinian terrorists, who had just killed 6 Israeli civilians and 2 soldiers INSIDE THE ISRAELI BORDER, BACK INTO the Sinai. The terrorists were trying to make their escape, and the Israelis gave chase. The joint Israeli-Egyptian probe into the deaths will show this. Very biases "journalism" here from Ahram
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Observer
21-08-2011 05:01am
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Report the Story, Lay Down the Law
Egypt needs to lay down the law now and set the tone for future relations with Israel. Israel's "regret" of Egyptian deaths is not sufficient. Please report the important details of this story. Were the Egyptians clearly uniformed? Were they within Egyptian territory? Did Israel manage to capture or kill any of the people it was claiming to pursue at the time? Was aircraft used? What authorization did the Israelis have from on high to carry out the operation leading to the deaths-- shoot and kill anyone on sight? This is not the first time Egyptian soldiers and other personnel have been injured and killed by Israeli forces in non-war situations. Israel is a rogue state that could not care less about international law, rules of engagement, and the maintenance of stable relations. Egypt needs to take a firm stand now. Egypt should also lay down the law with the Palestinians who will use the current state of affairs to what they think is their advantage, without regard to Egypt's
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Saad taha
20-08-2011 10:43pm
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Peace
We need peace with our neighbours including Israel ... Mistakes can happen ..investigation can proove it ..we should be careful what fanatic palistinians want ....in 1967 after we lost the war .palistinians students in Cairo university residence came out and they were laughing at us while we were training for city defences .in Orman secondary school ...saying losers ,losers ..some nations want Egypt to be in war so they can laugh again ..we all can die to defend our country against any attack ,but it is up to us the Egyptians to decide without any influences from any one especially the palistinians ...and we should grieve our heroes alone without any foreign clowns ...
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