Egypt Proposing Changes to Peace Treaty with Israel

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- An advisor to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has completed an amendment to the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

The proposal, written by presidential adviser Mohammed Esmat Seif al-Dawla, revamps the section on the Sinai Peninsula, especially regarding deployment of troops and a military presence there. 

Israel captured the Sinai in the 1967 Six-Day War and began developing the area.

With the 1979 peace treaty, Israel agreed to a staged withdrawal, which was completed in 1982. The treaty established an international peacekeeping force in the Sinai and limited the number of troops there.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said there was "no chance" Israel would agree to amend the treaty's military appendix. The real issue is Egypt's unwillingness to fight terrorism, he said, and not deploying more troops there.

In an interview with The New York Times, Morsi challenged the United States to repair its relationship with the Arab world and help build a Palestinian state if it expects Egypt to honor its treaty with Israel.

Morsi also said the United States must respect Arab culture and history even when it goes against Western values and should not expect Egypt to live by its rules.

According to the Times, Morsi said while Egypt would not be hostile to the West under his leadership, neither would it be "as compliant" as that of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

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