Mubarak warns of Palestinian hunger revolution
Egypt, Politics, 8/14/1997
At a gathering of university students Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned yesterday of a Palestinian hunger revolution if Israel continued the blockade it imposed on Palestinian self-rule areas.
"Preventing food and medicines would lead to unpredictable consequences," the president said. "Progress in the Middle East peace process is the only guaranteed way to attain security," he added.
Commenting on the continuation of the Israeli policy toward settlement expansion, Mubarak stated the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Arab League, the Jerusalem Committee, as well as a number of recommendations tackled the subject of Jewish settlements in Abu Ghneim, yet Israel went ahead, causing negotiations to halt on all tracks.
Mubarak denied having any idea about an Egyptian-Jordanian-Israeli-Palestinian summit. "Good preparations should precede such a summit, otherwise the gathering would turn into a sheer media session without positive results," he announced.
Mubarak also reiterated earlier statements that US aid to Egypt was not a pressure tool. "We are not going to starve without it," the president said. Egypt cannot expect the aid to last for good, he added.
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