JERUSALEM – The Israeli government has issued a diplomatic demarche to Egypt, protesting its transfer of two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, The Kibbitzer can reveal.
A written Saudi Arabian commitment to guarantee freedom of passage for Israeli shipping in the area, as per the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace agreement, has not assuaged Israeli opposition to the hand-over.
“The return of land to people just because they claim to have sovereignty sets a very troubling precedent,” a senior official in Jerusalem told The Kibbitzer.
“Israel has spent the better part of a century establishing the principle that in the Middle East land is never returned to those who believe they own it and then along comes [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] al-Sissi and just hands over the islands,” the official complained.
“The Egyptian action is contrary to all accepted practice in the region. Israel has been steadfast in its rejection of land transfers and we expect our neighbors to do likewise.”
Education Minister Naftali Bennett called on the government to invade Saudi Arabia, calling it “the appropriate Zionist response” to the Egyptian move.