Dozens of Egyptians held a protest in front on the Israeli Embassy on Wednesday demanding the Egyptian government to sever ties with Israel, and to stop exporting natural gas to Tel Aviv.The protest came a few hours after unknown persons detonated a gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel. This is the second attack against the pipeline in three months.
The protestors gathered at a bridge near the Israeli embassy in Cairo calling on their government to stop all forms of normalization with Israel, and to stop providing it with natural gas.
Leftist blogger, Husam Al Hamlawy, stated that this protest came in response to statements made by Israeli President, Shimon Peres, who “saluted the Egyptian revolution that led to the removal of former president, Hosni Mubarak”.
Mubarak and his former regime had strong ties with Israel and played an instrumental role is enforcing the Israeli siege on Gaza by sealing the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt.
Al Hamlawi added that Peres called on the Egyptian youth to normalize with Israel.
“Everybody was happy after the gas pipeline was detonated”, Hamlawi said, “If the government does not stop supplying Israel with gas, the people will”.
Egypt recently decided to reconsider its gas agreements with different countries, including Israel, and initiated investigations into suspicious deals signed with Tel Aviv