Published on: Monday, February 12, 2024 – 10:23 PM | Last updated: Monday, February 12, 2024 – 10:23 PM
Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “The statements of Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich confirm that this irresponsible position increases the complexity of the situation and the tension in relations in the region.”
He added during a phone call to the “Al-Hekaya” program, presented by journalist Amr Adeeb on MBC Misr satellite channel, on Monday evening, that “the statements are not only irresponsible, but also inflammatory and disgraceful.” “It expresses the hunger to kill and destroy.”
He noted that “the Israeli minister not only claimed that arming Hamas was through Egypt, but he demanded the annihilation of the Rafah area and the elimination of the Palestinians, and he called on the Israeli delegation not to go to Egypt and not to engage in any negotiations to stop the crisis and calm the situation.”
He pointed out that “those statements reflect an attempt to spoil any effort aimed at a ceasefire and an attempt to contain the current crisis,” adding: “This must be clarified and responded to strongly, and it must be confirmed that Egypt is in full control of its territory.”
He pointed out that “Egypt fought terrorism in Sinai, and closed the tunnels that came to Egyptian territory through smuggling from the other side,” stressing: “There is no room for the nonsense that some people talk about Egypt’s responsibility.”
He stressed that “responsibility falls on the State of Israel, which has failed to deal with the security challenges it faces, and seeks to blame Egypt for this failure.”
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