Israel FM says no changes to Egypt peace deal
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday that Israel would not agree to reevaluate its peace deal with Egypt, days after the latest attack along the shared border killed an Israeli soldier and three gunmen.
In a bid to restore security to the increasingly lawless Sinai peninsula, Israel and Egypt have agreed to temporarily waive limits on troops included in the historic 1979 peace deal, allowing Egypt to send heavier weaponry into the vast desert region which borders Israel.
But there have been calls in Egypt for more permanent adjustments to the peace accords, a cornerstone of regional stability.
"There is no chance that Israel will agree to any kind of change" to the peace deal, Mr Lieberman told Israel Radio. "The Egyptians shouldn't try to delude themselves or delude others and they should not rely on this demand," he said.