Egyptian Court Rejects Petition to Nullify Egypt’s Peace Treaty with Israel

Israel Radio reported that the court in Cairo decreed it lacks the authority to rule on matters of Egyptian sovereignty, saying only the president could make such decisions.

By Israel Hayom Staff


A court that deals with administrative issues in Cairo rejected a petition to cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel on Tuesday, according to a report by Israel Radio.

Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin clasp hands on the North Lawn of the White House after signing the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty on March 26, 1979. – Photo: AP

The court reportedly ruled that it does not have the legal right to decide on the treaty as it is a matter of sovereignty rather than legality.

The court explained that matters of sovereignty in Egypt are handled only by the president.

On Oct. 19, Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon revealed that Egypt had asked Israel to renegotiate the terms of the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries, but Israel had refused. Ya’alon also said Egypt had understood that it had to accept the Israeli stance or risk losing U.S. aid.

Speaking at an industry and commerce conference in Tel Aviv, Ya’alon said, “We have a peace treaty with Egypt. We do not conduct pinpoint strikes in Sinai, and so terrorists have greater freedom to operate there. We demand from the Egyptians that they act with resolve and impose their sovereignty there, and this will be put to the test. This regime asked to revisit the military appendix of the peace treaty, but this was in no way acceptable to us.”

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