Thursday Sep 15, 201109:50 PM GMT
'Egypt-Israel accords not unchangeable'
Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:34PM
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Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf
Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf says the country's 1978 peace treaty with Israel, which normalized the ties with Tel Aviv, is not immune to change.

"The Camp David agreement is not a sacred thing and is always open to discussion with what would benefit the region and we could make a change if needed," he was quoted by AFP as saying on Thursday.

In February, a popular revolution ousted the regime of Egypt's former dictator Hosni Mubarak, who had steadfastly sided with Tel Aviv during his 30 years of rule.

Ever since, the country has seen several anti-Israeli protests.

A number of Egyptian political parties have also called for changes to the peace treaty. Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel in 1978, despite Tel Aviv's previous large-scale wars against the Arab states, which had been followed by its occupation of vast expanses of the Arab territories.

The bilateral ties took another dip in August, when the Israeli military killed six Egyptian border guards close to the country's border with the Gaza Strip.

The bloodshed was followed by days of anti-Israeli rallies in front of the Israeli embassy in the capital, Cairo.

The outraged crowd have taken down the Israeli flag from the embassy's building and demanded the termination of the relations between the two sides.

The Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, left for Israel following the recent protests, refusing to return on the grounds that the Egyptian capital was unsafe for Israelis.

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