JERUSALEM (May. 24)
Israel has been angered by Egypt’s reaction to recent events at the Ein Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Israel-occuped south Lebanon and other moves by Cairo which it considers anti-Israel.
Zvi Kedar, the Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director General, summoned the Egyptian Charge d’ Affaires in Tel Aviv, Mohammed Basiouny, to convey his government’s serious displeasure. Egypt, for its part, lodged a formal complaint with the Israeli Ambassador in Cairo, Moshe Sasson, over alleged actions by the Israel Defense Force in Ein Al-Hilweh.
The IDF recently conducted searches in the refugee camp for alleged terrorists and reported uncovering a large arms cache. Three Palestinians were killed and a number were injured in subsequent disturbances. Israel insists that the troubles in the camp stemmed from internal dissension among the inmates and that no IDF soldiers were involved in the shootings.
But Cairo sharply denounced Israel during a United Nations Security Council debate on the matter where the Egyptian delegate charged Israel with aggression and terrorism and proposed sanctions. Kedar noted that Egypt has been the only country to react in such manner.