OTTAWA, Sept. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
condemns the attack Friday night on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.
Egyptian authorities should reaffirm both their responsibilities under
international agreement to protect Israeli diplomats in Egypt and their
commitment to maintenance of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, Centre
leadership said today.
"The Israel-Egypt peace treaty of 1979 is a cornerstone of Middle East
stability, and the benchmark for Arab-Israel peace diplomacy," said
Centre board Chairman David Koschitzky. "Its maintenance is important
not only to Israel, but to all those worldwide who wish to see a
long-term and stable process of broader Arab-Israeli reconciliation."
"Like all Canadians, the Jewish community watched last winter's
political changes in Egypt with a mixture of hope and concern",
continued Koschitzky. "The Israel-Egypt treaty has stood for more than
thirty years. Maintaining it is critical to the international
credibility and legitimacy of the new Egyptian government. To a great
extent, the Egyptian revolution of the past year will be judged by its
handling of its important relationship with Israel."
Noting the statement issued by Prime Minister Harper strongly condemning
the embassy attack, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon
Fogel underscored Ottawa's expectation that Egypt will honour its
international agreements. "We hope that Canada will use its diplomatic
contacts with Egypt to reinforce this expectation, including proper
Egyptian supervision over the Sinai Peninsula which borders both Egypt
and Israel. The Sinai must not become a staging ground for terrorist
actions against Israel", said Fogel.
Fogel went on to note that Egyptian state-controlled media regularly
broadcasts material that incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. "The
broadcast of antisemitic and inflammatory material encourages violent
incidents like the one we saw Friday" said Fogel. "Canada can use its
influence with Egypt to encourage a change in this policy".
"Regional peace has been an elusive goal, but for more than three
decades, the Israel-Egypt peace treaty has been an enduring benchmark
for what is possible when leaders make difficult compromises to achieve
peace" concluded Koschitzky. "Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin shared the
1978 Nobel Peace Prize for their courage and leadership in concluding
this agreement. We urge the leaders of Egypt to protect that legacy."
SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
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