Egyptian Shura council denounces Israel's disavowal of pacts signed with Arabs
Egypt, Politics, 3/23/1999
The committee for Arab and foreign affairs and national security in the Egyptian Shura council denounced Israeli disavowal of the pacts it endorsed with Arab countries and its attempts to pressure Arab peoples.
In its meeting yesterday evening under the chairmanship of the committee's chief, Mohammed Saeed El-Dekak, the committee confirmed its opposition to the Israeli threat to deprive Jordan of its rightful share of water despite the Wadi Araba pact dictating the division of water between Jordan and Israel.
Meanwhile, the committee's members expressed their anger toward the Israeli pretexts for taking this decision.
Lieutenant Youssed Sabri Abu Taleb said the Israeli decision aims at pressuring Jordan to approve on what is presented to it, saying that what Israel intends to do is against international customs and norms.
The secretary general of the opposition Assemblage Party, Refaat Saeed, said Israel is trying to test the ability of King Abdullah and his endurance to resist its pressure, especially after the death of his father, King Hussein Bin Talal, and he said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to achieve a false victory to cover up the Israeli problems in south Lebanon.
He said that the water issue is one of the most dangerous issues upon which "we should not keep silent."
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