Netanyahu: Egypt losing security control over Sinai

Published May 30th, 2011 - 01:39 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned that Egypt's military government was having a "hard time" controlling the rise of international "terror" organizations in the Sinai Peninsula. "Egypt is having a hard time realizing its sovereignty in Sinai," Netanyahu said during a meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, local media reported.

The Israeli leader also warned that Hamas is getting stronger and that Israel is concerned for its future in the region, in particular with its peace partners Egypt and Jordan. "Hamas is strengthening in Egypt," Netanyahu said. "It transferred more of its activities to Egypt from Syria due to the turmoil there. The Muslim Brotherhood is also not an insignificant player in Egypt," went on to say.

On Palestine's declaration, the Israeli leader said here was no way to stop the United Nations General Assembly from recognizing Palestinian statehood in September. In the General Assembly. "It would be possible to get a resolution [passed] saying the world is flat," he was quoted as saying.

Netanyahu added, however, "It's impossible to receive recognition of Palestinian statehood that doesn't come from the Security Council, whose procedures will lead to failure. We don't have any way to stop the resolution in the GA, we're only expecting to be supported by a number of countries." 


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