Egyptian Parliament: Break Ties with Israel

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Egyptian parliament voted unanimously Monday to support a document declaring Israel its number one enemy.

The document, prepared by the Committee on Arab Affairs, calls for an across-the-board overhaul of Egypt's policies with the "Zionist entity," Egypt Independent reported.

In addition to calling for the immediate deportation of Israeli Ambassador Yaakov Amitai and the recall of Egypt's ambassador to Israel, the statement demanded a total cessation of natural gas exports to Israel and activation of an Arab boycott against the "Zionist entity" and all international companies that do business with Israel.

"Egypt after the revolution will never be a friend of the Zionist entity, the first enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation," the statement read.

Since the fall of the Mubarak regime a year ago, an interim military government has been in place, which still maintains diplomatic relations with Israel, based on the 1979 peace accord between the two countries.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood won nearly half the seats in recent legislative elections, while the Salafist al-Nour party won 25 percent. As this document indicates, the Islamist-dominated parliament is eager to cut Egypt's ties with Israel.

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