Egyptian Foreign Minister Calls Israel ‘Enemy’


ahmed-aboul-gheit-egyptian-foreign-ministerEgyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit referred to Israel as an “enemy” during a press conference yesterday in Beirut. Aboul Gheit said concerns expressed by Israel and the United States on the alleged transfer of Scud missiles from Syria to Hezbollah were “ridiculous”.

 “Anyone who is familiar with the (Scud) missile knows that it cannot be smuggled or concealed,” he said.

Following talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister ‘Ali Al-Shami, Aboul Gheit was asked whether he was visiting Beirut in order to convey a warning from Israel.

The Egyptian minister said in response that the purpose of his trip was not to relay messages “from the enemy to a sister Arab state.”

Aboul Gheit also said Cairo would stand by Lebanon and Syria in case they were attacked.

His statement made the headlines of a number of Arab newspapers, including the London-based Al Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat, Saudi daily Al-Madina and Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai.

The Egyptian press chose to play down the minister’s comment.

An official in Yerushalayim told Ynet that Israel deems the remark “very harsh.”

Meanwhile, in his first speech since returning to Egypt from Germany, where he underwent successful surgery for an inflamed gall bladder, President Hosni Mubarak said on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from Sinai that his country will remain committed to peace if Israel does the same.

{Ynet/Yair Israel}


  1. An official in Yerushalayim told Ynet that Israel deems the remark “very harsh.”
    And the Obama Administration called this “a mistranslation” and has set up a Semeti Languages Translation Czar to set things straight.

  2. the state of “israel” doesn`t fit into this region !
    it has got no friends around , shares not the same values and disslikes Torah , mitzwoth and hates haredim.
    the only way this will ever change is when we will establish a sanhedrin establish the Torah as the valid lawcode , punish the rashayim and say goodbye to democracy . than we will share their own walues