Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Egypt presents more of a security danger than Iran.
“We have to be prepared for all possibilities,” the Foreign Minister warned the Prime Minister. He suggested that the IDF create three or four southern divisions in the wake of a social and economic deterioration in Egypt and the increasing number of Egyptian troops in the Sinai Peninsula.
Lieberman pointed out to the Prime Minister that Egypt is the largest Arab nation that has a common border with Israel and also has a peace treaty with it.
Cairo ostensibly is trying to regain control of the Sinai from terrorist gangs, but Lieberman has said the soldiers are ineffective. If the upcoming presidential elections are followed by a revisal, if not cancellation, of the peace treaty with Israel, the Foreign Minister expects that Israel will be a natural target for the regime to target a foreign country as an enemy and draw attention away from domestic problems.
He said Egypt is likely to violate the peace treaty by sending in more troops with heavy arms, prohibited by the treaty. The Foreign Minister pointed out that last year Egypt deployed two divisions, and that Israel approved the move only after it had become a fait accompli.
Lieberman recently held a closed-door discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu, according to the Hebrew language newspaper Maariv.
Foreign Minister Lieberman predicted four years ago that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would fall. Maariv said that when Lieberman mentioned the warning to then-U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, the American diplomat “raised his eyebrow and ignored the warning.”
The Muslim Brotherhood, since winning the parliamentary elections in Egypt, has made contradictory statements concerning the future of the peace treaty.