Peace treaty is history, says Egyptian presidential frontrunner, adding that Cairo will respect 2002 Arab League proposal if Israel does
By Ilan Ben Zion April 30, 2012, 7:53 pm
Leading Egyptian presidential candidate Amr Moussa said that the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is dead.
“The Camp David Accords are a historical document whose place is on the memory shelf,” Moussa said at a rally Sunday in the Upper Egyptian city of Sohag. ”This agreement is dead and buried.”
“There is an agreement between Israel and Egypt that we will respect as long as Israel respects it,” Moussa said — referring to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which he called “the foundational document governing Arab-Israeli relations.”
That Saudi-sponsored plan, which has underone various formulations, proposed Arab peace and recognition of Israel in exchange for Israeli withdrawal to 1967 lines, an agreed solution to the Palestinian refugee issue, and acceptance of the formation of an independent Palestinian state.
According to a poll conducted by the Al-Ahram Center for Political Studies on Monday, Moussa would receive 41.1% of the popular vote in the presidential elections in late May, with his closest rival among the 13-candidate field being former Muslim Brotherhood member and independent candidate Dr. Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, who scored 27.3%.