An analyst says the Egyptian government risks losing support among majority of people inside the country by “going forward in the relationship to Israel”, Press TV reports.
“People wanted change, that is why they went out on the streets to bring about not just the removal of Hosni Mubarak and the other top officials in the clerical as well as military apparatus in Egypt, but they want fundamental change in regard to how the economy was structured inside of Egypt, and also in regard to Egypt’s relationship to Israel and Egypt’s support of the Palestinian people,” Abayomi Azikiwe said in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.
He added that “these issues have to be addressed by the new [Egyptian] government otherwise they are going to lose a tremendous amount of support among the working people.”
The Egyptian Army says it has destroyed 31 Gaza supply tunnels in its recent operation in the Sinai Peninsula. The tunnels were used by Palestinians to transfer food, fuel, medicines, and other basic necessities of life into the besieged Gaza Strip.
Army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali told a news conference in Cairo on Saturday that 31 tunnels used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip were destroyed.
“It is a very interesting development. We believe that it is interrelated to some of the foreign policy moves that the Egyptian government has carried out over the last couple of weeks,” Azikiwe noted.
He also explained that majority of people from Gaza utilize these tunnels to bring in goods and services that are definitely needed in that area which today is still considered the largest open-air prison in the world.
The analyst further argued that, the Egyptian Army’s move is directly related to the “announcement by the International Monetary Fund that they are going to relieve the government of Egypt of approximately one billion dollars in foreign debt.”