Israel 'must support Egypt's army'

2013-08-19 13:20

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jerusalem - Israel and the West must support Egypt's army, an Israeli official said Monday, after 24 Egyptian policemen were killed in an attack in the Sinai bordering the Jewish state.

The unnamed official's comments in an Israeli daily came a day after a New York Times report that Israel would press Western powers to support the military in unrest-swept Egypt.

By "not taking things away from them [the army], not harming or threatening them", the US and EU could help Egypt "get back on track", the Jerusalem Post quoted the official as saying.

"The name of the game right now is not democracy," he added.

"The name of the game is that there needs to be a functioning state. After you put Egypt back on track, then (you can) talk about restarting the democratic process there."

Egypt's unrest has heightened Israeli concern, especially due to Islamist violence in the increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula, which borders both the Jewish state and the Gaza Strip.

Israel and Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state, coordinate closely on military activity in the Sinai.

Militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at two buses in the Sinai early on Monday killing 24 Egyptian policemen.

It was the deadliest attack of its kind in years and raises fears of a return to the wave of deadly violence linked to Islamist groups that swept Egypt in the 1990s.

International condemnation

On 13 August, Islamist militants fired a rocket from the Sinai at Israel's Red Sea town of Eilat, claiming it was retaliation for an alleged Israeli drone strike on jihadists in the Sinai.

The Islamists accused the Egyptian army of co-ordinating the attack with Israel and threatened more strikes against the Jewish state.

US President Barack Obama last week cancelled joint military exercises following hundreds of deaths in a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

But Washington has not suspended military aid to Egypt, a key Middle East ally.

The administration has refused to call Morsi's overthrow a "coup", which would legally require it to cut off aid, saying it hoped to steer the country towards a democratic transition.

Thirty-six Islamist prisoners were killed on Sunday during an attempted jailbreak in Egypt, police said, bringing to almost 800 the death toll in five days.

The bloodshed in Egypt has drawn widespread international condemnation, with senior European Union diplomats holding emergency talks on Monday to discuss future EU action.

Egyptian police and the military launched their crackdown last Wednesday with an operation to clear pro-Morsi demonstrators from protest camps in Cairo.

Read more on:    eu  |  barack obama  |  mohammed morsi  |  us  |  egypt  |  israel  |  egypt crisis  |  egypt protests  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region


Western Cape
R10 000 - R13 500 Per Month

Banqueting Manager

Western Cape
Hotel and Catering
R15 000 - R25 000 Per Month


Hotel and Catering Personnel
R15 000 - R19 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.