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Israel Summons Egypt Ambassador Over Treaty

The Foreign Ministry summoned Egypt’s ambassador to Israel to a meeting on Friday morning, in order to clarify remarks made by Egypt’s Prime Minister’s that the Israel-Egypt peace treaty should be revised.

A source in the Foreign Ministry said that Foreign Ministry Director General Rafi Barak requested clarifications over the remarks, especially considering previous contradictory remarks made by the Egypt’s military council that the peace treaty should be preserved.

During the meeting, Barak told Egypt’s ambassador to Israel, Yasser Rida, that Israel was not satisfied that the Egyptian youth who took down the flag from Israel’s embassy in Cairo last week is being presented as a hero in Egypt, despite the fact that this act is against the international treaty to which Egypt is a signatory.

Tensions in Egypt-Israel relations heightened last Friday, when hundreds of Egyptian protesters broke down parts of a protective concrete wall outside the building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo. During the attack, a protester pulled down the Israeli flag from the embassy building.

A source in the Foreign Ministry said that Foreign Ministry Director General Rafi Barak requested clarifications over the remarks, especially considering previous contradictory remarks made by the Egypt’s military council that the peace treaty should be preserved.

Egyptian military and policemen stand alert as hundreds of Egyptian activists demolish a concrete wall built around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, September 9, 2011.

Photo by: AP

During the meeting, Barak told Egypt’s ambassador to Israel, Yasser Rida, that Israel was not satisfied that the Egyptian youth who took down the flag from Israel’s embassy in Cairo last week is being presented as a hero in Egypt, despite the fact that this act is against the international treaty to which Egypt is a signatory.

Tensions in Egypt-Israel relations heightened last Friday, when hundreds of Egyptian protesters broke down parts of a protective concrete wall outside the building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo. During the attack, a protester pulled down the Israeli flag from the embassy building.

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