Egypt's Suleiman Postpones Visit

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Egyptian intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman will not visit Israel this week, marking the third scheduled visit to be canceled.

This time, Suleiman cited Israel's "lack of commitment" to an alleged Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and the ruling Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip.

According to the London-based Arabic paper al-Sharq al-Awsat, during a visit to Cairo last week, Defense Ministry's Diplomatic Security Bureau chief General Amos Gilad (ret.) made verbal commitments to Egyptian officials.

Israeli sources said the meeting focused on the border with the Gaza Strip and Egyptian efforts to rebuild the war and put genuine effort into halting arms smuggling into Gaza.

Suleiman defined Israel's "lack of commitment to the lull in Gaza" by citing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) undercover operation in Bethlehem last week in which four terror chiefs were killed, including two top Islamic Jihad commanders.

Egypt's intelligence chief postponed his next "visit" for three weeks, urging Israel to "exercise restraint" in its counter-terror operations, which would facilitate Egypt's ability to exact a truce leading to a resumption of peace talks, lifting of the economic sanctions on Gaza, and a resumption of dialogue between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

Source: YNet news

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