candidate: Camp David Accords are ‘dead’
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Amr Moussa, the leading candidate in Egypt’s presidential race, called the Camp David peace accords “dead and buried.”
Moussa said Sunday during a rally in southern Egypt that the document belongs “on the shelves of history,” Haaretz reported.
He differentiated, however, between the accords and the peace treaty that was signed in 1979, a year after Camp David. The Camp David Accords called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state as a goal.
“This agreement is dead and buried. There is an agreement between Israel and Egypt that we will honor as long as Israel honors it,” Moussa reportedly said.
Moussa served as foreign minister under ousted President Hosni Mubarak for a decade.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Egypt to control the instability in the Sinai Peninsula in order to keep the peace between the two countries.
“We urge Egypt to contain the lawlessness in the Sinai Peninsula — this is imperative in order to keep our two nations firmly on the path of peace,” he said Monday during an address to the Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem.
The unrest has grown since Mubarak was overthrown more than a year ago. The gas line running between Egypt and Israel has been attacked no less than 14 times, and terrorists have infiltrated into Israel from Sinai.
British union boots
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A workshop in Britain set to be led by an Israeli expert on negotiation and conflict management was canceled after pressure from a pro-Palestinian national union.
Moty Cristal was due to deliver a lecture for a National Health Service workshop on negotiation, conflict resolution and crisis intervention this week, but received an email April 27 from organizers saying that the event was canceled, The Guardian reported. The email said the lecture was canceled “on the grounds that it is Unison’s policy and also that of the Trades Union Congress to support the Palestinian people,” according to the Guardian.
Unison is Britain’s largest trade union, representing 1.3 million public service workers. It has frequently voted in favor of a general boycott of Israel. The Trades Union Congress has voted against such boycotts, though it favors a boycott of West Bank goods.