[Israel News, June 26] Israeli TV Channel 1 interviewed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak regarding the Sharm summit. The main points:
-- The Hamas takeover was not discussed at all at the summit, according to him.
-- The meeting dealt only with the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
-- Israel must help the Palestinian people with food, water, electricity, freedom of movement.
-- Israel must negotiate peace with the Palestinians.
-- The Gaza/West Bank split is an internal Palestinian affair. They will come to their senses after a while and reunite, according to him. In other words, the continued participation of Hamas in the government and its acceptability is not challenged, and they risked nothing by the coup.
-- Israel need not negotiate with Hamas, but only with the PLO/PNA which recognizes Israel.
-- He was asked about chances of Olmert meeting the King of Saudia. He said "forget about it." "No chance."
-- He was asked about a confederation with Jordan. He said that there is no point in discussing it as long as the land is occupied.
- He characterized the Gaza/WB split as a threat to security not only for Egypt, but for Israel and the Palestinians. Therefore it is a regional security threat and requires regional cooperation. Israel's part is being pictured as participating in regional cooperation.