Egyptian defense minister phones Ehud Barak, confirms commitment to peace treaty

The report comes over speculation that relations with Egypt could break down over an Egyptian military build-up for counter-terror operations in Sinai, and Morsy’s plan to attend the Non-Aligned Movement’s conference taking place in Tehran at the end of the month. The conference marks the first visit to Iran by an Egyptian president since Egypt’s recognition of Israel.

On Sinai issue, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said this week that Israel must ensure that “every letter of the peace treaty is enforced,” referring to Camp David’s provision that Egyptian forces stay out of Sinai. Former Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin, however, commented that there is no need to latch on to every letter of the agreement.

“What the Egyptians are doing in Sinai today is a more significant effort than in the past to deal with terrorism,” Yadlin said. “So long as the operation is widespread and focused against terrorism, I think we need to look at this realistically.”