Egypt on Friday dismissed Israeli allegations on the Syrian involvement in the double bombings in Be’er Sheva as baseless, calling Israeli threats to retaliate against Syria Ã¢â‚¬Å“illogicalÃ¢â‚¬Â.
‘There is no evidence of a link between the explosions which took place in Israel and Syria,’ Egyptian presidential spokesman Maged Abdel Fattah told reporters.
‘So we consider that these threats are beyond logic,’ he added
From his side, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Friday criticized Israeli threats against Syria.
‘I don’t think it’s helpful to start talking about attacking new countries. The situation in the Middle East is complicated enough,’ Solana told reporters on arriving for an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in the Netherlands.
He said he did not believe the United States would support such threats.
During the past few days, Israeli political, army, and security officials repeatedly pointed finger at Syria as responsible for the Tuesday double bombing in BeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢er Sheva.
Israel said to have presented the United States and the European Union with evidences on the Syrian involvement.
Israel believes that orders to execute the bombing attacks came directly from HamasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Syria-based leadership, pointing finger at HamasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political Bureau chief Khaled Mashal and Bureau member Mousa Abu Marzouq.
Hamas officially denied any involvement of its Ã¢â‚¬Å“outside leadershipÃ¢â‚¬Â with the bombing attack, warning Israel with harsh retaliations if the Syaria-based leadership is targeted.
Earlier, Hamas warned that targeting its outside political leadership will be considered as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“green lightÃ¢â‚¬Â for the movement to attack Israel targets in foreign countries.
Abdel Fattah said the Egyptian government was in talks on the matter with the Israeli, U.S. and other governments and that Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and intelligence chief Omar Suleiman plan to visit Israel in the middle of September.
Israeli threats to Syria coincided with American efforts to force Syrian troops out of Lebanon.
Under U.S. pressure, UN Security Council narrowly adopted resolution, calling foreign troops (referring Syrian troops without being mentioned by name) out of Lebanon, disbanding and disarming militias, and for presidential elections.
Different from its typical call to all parties to exercise self restrain, this time the U.S. administration refrained to comment.