- Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:14
On Wednesday, 8th August, Amos Gilad said that the security cooperation between Israel and Egypt is continuing, in line with the peace treaty between the two countries, Hebrew-language media reported.
According to the terms of Camp David Accords from 1978, the presence of Egyptian army in Sinai is limited, hindering Cairo's efforts to exert effective military control over the peninsula.
Gilad said that the Sunday attack on Egyptian security checkpoints in North Sinai, which left 16 border guards dead, aimed to undermine security arrangements between Israel and Egypt.
In an interview for Israeli radio, Gilad added that it was nevertheless the responsibility of Egyptian army to ensure security in Sinai Peninsula and uproot terrorism in the area.
His comments came after Egyptian officials called for changes in the peace agreement that would allow to lift limitations on troop movements in Sinai.
Meanwhile, in one of the largest military operation since 1973, Egyptian army fired missiles on militants suspected of plotting the latest deadly attack. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, at least 33 militants were killed in the strikes.