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Egypt bigger threat to our country than Iran: Israel FM

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says post-revolution Egypt larger threat to Israel than Iran, calls for troop deployments to Sinai border

Yasser Seddiq, Monday 23 Apr 2012
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Egypt army troops in Northern Sinai (Photo: Reuters)

Israel's far-right Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Egypt presents a larger security threat to the Zionist state than Iran.

Lieberman reportedly told Netanyahu that political changes in Egypt since the 2011 uprising that toppled close Israel ally Hosni Mubarak and Egyptian army activity in the Sinai Peninsula pose a greater threat to the country than Iran, according to the Hebrew daily Ma'ariv newspaper.

Lieberman advised Netanyahu to send additional troops to southern Israel in response to political changes taking place in Egypt.

“We have to be prepared for all possibilities,” Lieberman warned Netanyahu, and suggested Israel form three or four southern divisions in response to the social and economic problems taking place in Egypt and the increasing number of Egyptian troops in the Sinai Peninsula.

Lieberman claimed the new Egyptian government would search for a "foreign enemy" to unite the people and that Israel was the most likely candidate.

"The seven battalions Egypt has deployed in Sinai to regain control of the peninsula and fight armed cells, aren’t carrying out real antiterrorism activities," Maariv quoted Lieberman as saying.

Lieberman also noted that Egypt might violate the Camp David peace treaty between the two countries.

Ma'ariv noted that Lieberman had frequently raised developments in Egypt at security and closed-door meetings, but had now raised the issue in a more formal way via a special document to the prime minister.

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Martin Schwartz
18-01-2014 07:37pm
I Feel that Israel should, even by force take back the Sinai. The orginal agreement was to reconize Israel exsistence and not be in a state of war.
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mohammad allam
24-04-2012 02:58pm
Every time u cant force
This cannot be accepted that pro-people government will tolerate Israeli attitude and treatment so long.The world of Arab has changed.If Israeli can deny the people of GAZA and West Bank from all basic necessities then certainly Egypt has some responsibility.Give them back their land and state.Every thing will ok.This is not acceptable that one hand you kill one brother and get bounty from other brother.This cancellation will give Israel to realise how pain and anger come after collapsing every treat to people of palestine after Oslo.
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Free Lady
24-04-2012 01:24pm
Real Threat to Isreal
Real threat to Israel is its own policies. Palestinian state issue, land grabs, human right violations and crimes against humanity in Gaza and occupied west bank. There is a long list of Israeli crimes. Israel is sitting on volcano of atrocities. When this volcano will erupt then neither American empire nor its own atomic bombs will save its demise.
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