Egyptian parties tell Morsi to ‘freeze relations’ with Israel

17 Nov


Leaders of Egypt’s political forces met following Israel’s attack on Gaza, calling on the president to “freeze all relations with the Zionist entity”


by Ahmed Eleiba in Cairo

Ahram Online

17 November 2012

article abridged & re-edited

Egypt’s political forces, including the majority Freedom & Justice Party (FJP), are demanding that the Egyptian government and president immediately move to revise the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty amid Israel’s ongoing onslaught on Gaza.

After nearly five hours of discussions at the headquarters of the FJP,  a joint statement was issued by all attendees.

FJP president Mohamed Saad Al-Katatni, who chaired the meeting, read the statement: “Political parties and forces call on the Egyptian government to take concrete steps to stop the Zionist assault on the besieged Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. They welcomed president Mohamed Morsi’s decision to withdraw Egypt’s ambassador from the occupation state [Israel].”

Political forces also called on Morsi to “freeze all relations with the Zionist entity, whether diplomatic, political, economic or security, and leave the Rafah border crossing [with Gaza] permanently open.”

Al-Katatni continued: “Political parties urge president Morsi to revise all agreements with the enemy, especially the Camp David Treaty.”

The meeting was attended by a wide range of political forces, including:

  • Freedom & Justice Party,
  • al-Nour Party,
  • Asala Party,
  • Fadila Party,
  • Free Egyptians Party,
  • Egypt Socialist Party,
  • Ghad El-Thawra Party,
  • 6 April Youth Movement,
  • Popular Current, and
  • independent MPs.
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