Egypt warns Israel: Don’t interfere with opening of Gaza border crossing


Rafah’s opening would be a violation of an agreement reached in 2005 between the U.S., Israel, Egypt, and the EU; Israel official tells the Wall Street Journal developments in Egypt could affect Israel’s national security.

Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Sami Anan warned Israel against interfering with Egypt’s plan to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis, saying it was not a matter of Israel’s concern, Army Radio reported on Saturday.

Egypt announced this week that it intended to permanently open the border crossing with Gaza within the next few days.

Gaza border April 27, 2011 Reuters Palestinians take part in a protest at the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, April 27, 2011.
Photo by: Reuters

The announcement indicates a significant change in the policy on Gaza, which before Egypt’s uprising, was operated in conjunction with Israel. The opening of Rafah will allow the flow of people and goods in and out of Gaza without Israeli permission or supervision, which has not been the case up until now.

An Israeli official on Friday told The Wall Street Journal that Israel was troubled by the recent developments in Egypt saying they could affect Israel’s national security at a strategic level.

Israel’s blockade on Gaza has been a policy used in conjunction with Egyptian police to weaken Hamas, which has ruled over the strip since 2007.

Rafah’s opening would be a violation of an agreement reached in 2005 between the United States, Israel, Egypt, and the European Union, which gives EU monitors access to the crossing. The monitors were to reassure Israel that weapons and militants wouldn’t get into Gaza after its pullout from the territory in the fall of 2005.

Before Egypt’s uprising and ousting of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, the border between Egypt and Gaza had been sealed. It has occasionally opened the passage for limited periods.

  1. #1 by reasonmadnesschoice on April 30, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    Is it possible Egypt Backfired on them? If so then How?

  2. #2 by Gary on April 30, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Poor little israel, isn’t that too freaking bad!

  3. #3 by Franklin Ryckaert on April 30, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Good! The Egyptians are showing some real courage here.Things are really changing now.Hey,Mr. Barak-Change!-Obama don’t you like that?

  4. #4 by gator. on May 1, 2011 - 1:44 am

    Its about bloody time.

  5. #5 by Noor on May 1, 2011 - 1:45 am

    Yes, yes, yes! Well the word is Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB have been making inroads publicity wise in the USA. The MB stands also to replace some of the broken dictatorships in the long run. Therefore, this makes sense to me!

    Poor lil ole Izrahell, on the other hand, is having to deal with the fact that Gaza and the West Bank are actually TALKING instead of following that divide n conquer situation thrust upon them by America and the Israelis.

    May they shiver in their friggin boots…. They are learning they cannot rule all of the world all of the time… such a sad thing, don’tcha agree? (Hands around tissues for all those crocodile tears)….

  6. #6 by Jesse H. on May 1, 2011 - 6:27 am

    Poor ol’ eastern European phony joos! May they be flushed down the hot sweaty porto potty of time! They do not deserve a decent a proper “burial”.

  7. #7 by Doug on May 1, 2011 - 7:48 am

    I judge the success of the Egyptian revolution upon this one point, opening the border to Gaza. It hasn’t happened yet, I will not hold my breath, and if and when it does happen, I look for Isitreal? to throw a kicking, screaming, snot slinging fit right up to the bloody end.

    In 1952 Moshe Dayan, the Israeli defense minister, declared:

    “Our task consists of preparing the Israeli army for the new war approaching in order to achieve our ultimate goal, the creation of an Israeli empire.”

    That is still the master plan. They will pull a false flag of immense porportions to prove that the ME is invading them, and to shut it up tighter than a drum. I’ll take bets on that.

    Is it real? will never let this happen no matter what it takes to stop it. There’s gonna be some slimy moves going down over this one.

  8. #8 by Ingrid B. on May 1, 2011 - 11:29 am

    I want to believe that this is all above board and that things are getting better for the Palestinians and the broader ME. The Palestinians have been let down so many times, lied to and cheated, not least in 1948. I hope that this time they are treated with justice, honesty and respect.. re: the Zionist entity, if things are finally going against them , they have no-one but themselves to blame, they brought it on themselves, they could have behaved differently, with honesty and justice, they chose dishonesty and injustice..

  9. #9 by jacquelinefranssen on May 4, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    What Israel has been doing to the people in Gaza is disgusting, just as everything they have inflicted on the Palesrinian people. It’s time the west distances itself from Israel and her disgusting actions.

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