JPost.com Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 7, 2007
Egypt's agreement to allow monetary transfers to the Hamas-led Palestinian
government through the Rafah border crossing on Saturday drew criticism from
cabinet ministers on Sunday, Israel Radio reported.
Speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Immigrant Absorption
Minister Ze'ev Boim said Egypt was not maintaining the decision to enforce a
financial embargo against the Hamas government.
Haniyeh smuggles $20 million into Gaza
Boim said that by allowing monetary transfers, Egypt was violating the
agreement it made with Israel following Israel's
withdrawal from the Philadelphi Corridor, and that it was now necessary to
reassess that agreement.
Minister-without-Portfolio Ya'acov Edri (Kadima) said that despite the
continued flow of money to Hamas, recapturing the Philadelphi Corridor was
the last move Israel should adopt.
On Saturday, Egyptian officials at the Rafah crossing allowed Palestinian
Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to smuggle $20 million into the Gaza
Strip on his way back from the haj pilgrimage on Thursday, according to a
report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
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