Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Does Israel really want so many Egyptian troops on its border? I'm a bit skeptical with this one.
Egypt is ready to deploy up to three full battalions to its border with Israel and a potential Palestinian state in Gaza as part of a push for a comprehensive peace deal, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said yesterday.
Mr. Gheit, who meets today with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior U.S. officials, cautioned that new Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must be given the time and resources to get the security situation under control.
Ordinary Palestinians, he told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, must quickly see that Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and some settlements in the West Bank is part of a larger move toward political independence and improved living standards.


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