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Monday, 17 August 2009

Mubarak: Peace Now, Israel Later

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, several hours before his scheduled meeting on Monday with U.S. President Barack Obama, said that the Arab world will not make any gestures towards Israel until a regional treaty is signed.

A Middle East peace pact must include Israeli agreement on the Arab demand for the right of millions of foreign Arabs to immigrate to Israel and the demand that the Palestinian Authority have control over all of eastern Jerusalem, Egyptian officials said.

In an infterview with the Egyptian daily al-Ahram, Mubarak rejected appeals by President Obama that the Arab world make small gestures towards Israel, such as allowing Israeli planes to fly in their air space and improving cultural ties.

"I affirmed to President Obama in Cairo [in June] that the Arab initiative offers recognition of Israel and normalization with it after, and not before, achieving a just and comprehensive peace," Mubarak told al-Ahram

Clinton, Not Barak, Made Camp David Offers
Member of Knesset Ibrahim Sarsur said Monday that former Prime Minister Ehud Barak did not offer anything to former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat when the two met at Camp David in 2000.

Israelis shoot Egyptian officer at border Egyptian officials said 21-year-old Central Security conscript, Abdel Salam Mohamed Abdel Salam, was taken to a hospital where police were waiting for him to regain consciousness.