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WASHINGTON – As the Islamists – the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimun and Salafi al-Nour party – begin to form a majority in the Egyptian parliament, there is increasing talk that members want the 1978 Camp David Accords revised, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The accord formed the basis for a peace treaty the following year between Egypt and Israel which has provided for Israel’s security for more than 30 years. Now, as the Islamists move into the majority based on recent elections the accord is coming under attack as being one-sided in favor of Israel.
Those accusations have come from the Brotherhood and Salafists.
“Al-Nour party can in no way ignore the Arab nations and Arab world’s rights and the restoration of these rights is an unchangeable principle of the party,” according to al-Nour spokesman Nader Bakar. “Al-Nour is against the establishment of any relations with the Zionist (Israel) regime.”
A spokesman for the Ikhwan al-Muslimun called for revision of the accord, describing it as “cruel.” According to a Brotherhood spokesman, Kamal al-Halbawi, there are changes to be expected following the recent revolution and subsequent elections and “issues should be studied and dealt with. Hence, the issue of revising the Camp David Accord will also be in the list of the top priorities of Egypt’s new officials to be studied in its appropriate time.”
There also is talk of revising the accord to allow more Egyptian troops to be stationed in the Sinai Peninsula, which now is a very limited number.
“Since the Zionist regime has several times breached the Camp David Accord,” said Gamal Mazloum, a former Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian territories, “Egypt should use its power and increase its military presence in the Sinai Desert if the Israeli regime rejects a willing modification of Camp David.”
Still other Egyptian political activists are more direct about the life of the Camp David Accord. “Camp David has been annulled and has no more credit and value,” declared George Ishaq, a member of Egypt’s National Association for Change.
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