Rafah operations do not violate Egypt-Israel peace treaty: Netanyahu spox

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 May 2024

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesperson to the Arab world said on Wednesday that Israel's operations in Rafah near the Egyptian borders in southern Gaza do not violate the Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

Ofir Gendelman
A snap shot of the Israeli Prime Minister s spokesperson to the Arab world Ofir Gendelman during video statement on Wednesday 8 May, 2024.


The Tel Aviv statement comes as Cairo said it was ready for all scenarios in Gaza after the Israeli army entered the Palestinian side of the Rafah Border Crossing, an informed source told Al-Qahera News on Tuesday, while underscoring that Egypt is not taking on any security responsibilities inside the Gaza Strip

"Israel is aware of the sensitivity of its military operation against Hamas cells near the Egyptian borders, but we reassure that this operation does not violate the peace treaty between both countries (Israel and Egypt)," Netanyahu's spokesperson Ofir Gendelman said in a video post on his official page on X.

"On the contrary, it comes as part of the efforts to tackle terrorism and enhance security and stability in this area through its side (Palestinian side) of the border," he added.



An Egyptian-informed source warned in April that any Israeli military presence in the border area between Egypt and Israel, known as the (D) area, constitutes a breach of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty signed in 1979.

The source affirmed that any Israeli breach of the peace treaty and its security annexes would be met with a decisive response from Cairo.

This hiked tensions around Israel's war on Gaza as reports emerged over the past months that Egypt has threatened to suspend the treaty in case Israel proceeds with its Rafah invasion. 

The Egypt–Israel peace treaty was signed by late Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat and then-Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin in 1979 in Washington, following the 1978 Camp David Accords.

The agreement, signed in the wake of the Egyptian victory in the 1973 War against Israel, ended the Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula since the 1967 War. As per the treaty, Egypt became the first Arab country to recognize Israel.

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