Thursday, June 23, 2005

Sharon Government Bows to Egyptian Terms to Save Gaza Pull-out

DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism Security:
DEBKAfile investigation reveals: Israel is about to accept the posting of 3,500 Egyptian troops, 45 helicopters, along the 240 km of Egyptian-Israeli border. Sharon government is ready to bow to steep Egyptian terms to save Gaza pull-out.
June 23, 2005, 12:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
An Israeli government official claimed Thursday, June 23, that the military protocol still in negotiation covered no more than 750 Egyptian border police to secure the 14-km Philadelphi strip with a single police helicopter. He denied the draft would nullify the 1979 peace treaty demilitarizing Sinai or entail military risk. DEBKAfile clarifies: Cairo wants the entire border down to Eilat sectioned off into 14km sectors, each manned by 750 troops. As the August withdrawal date nears, Egypt keeps on raising new demands"


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