The official’s words came shortly after Egyptian MP Mohammed Abd al-Haleem told Al-Arabiya that “it is impossible under any circumstances that Israel would conduct strikes against Egyptians in Sinai.”
Regarding the buildup of Egyptian troops in the peninsula, al-Haleem said, “We have updated Israel regarding the sending of more troops than allowed under the Camp David Accords in order to finish the military missions in Sinai.
“We are updating the Israelis so that they remain calm,” he added. “We will not act against them.”
He explained that Cairo could not wait until the necessary amendments were made to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, which greatly limits the presence of Egyptian forces in the Peninsula.
Al-Haleem added that the military operation against Islamist terrorists in the area would continue for an unspecified amount of time.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman responded to mention of amending the treaty on Sunday, telling Israel Radio that “there is no chance Israel will agree to any kind of change” in the 1979 agreement. “The Egyptians shouldn’t try to delude themselves or delude others and they should not rely on this demand,” he added.