Defense Minister Barak expresses appreciation for Egypt

Defense Minister Ehud Barak says that Israel regrets deaths of Egyptian policemen during the terrorist attacks near Eilat

Date: 20/08/2011, 8:54 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz held a special situation assessment on Saturday (August 20). Barak received an update of the current situation and gave further instructions.

Defense Minister Barak mentioned the importance of the peace treaty with Egypt and expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s responsibility and judgment.

“Israel regrets the deaths of the Egyptian policemen killed during terrorist attacks on the Israel-Egypt border,” Barak said.

Barak ordered a joint IDF (Zahal) investigation with the Egyptian army to examinine the causes of the incident.

Barak said that “the Israeli- Egyptian peace treaty is extremely important and strategically valuable for stability in the Middle East.”

Barak said that he viewed Thursday’s terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians within Israel’s borders extremely seriously.

“The terrorist attack originated in the Gaza Strip,” Barak said. “Most of the perpetrators were killed and those responsbile for sending them were eliminated shortly after the attack,” Barak said. “The IDF (Zahal) has been striking hard over the past two days against those responsible for the terrorist attacks in the south and has been operating effectively against rocket launchers in Gaza in order tp protect Israel’s citizens.”