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Egypt intervention 'prevented major Gaza assault'

Aug. 24, 2011 7:31 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 7:35 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Egypt has prevented a major Israeli incursion in the Gaza Strip following the Eilat shootings, according to a report Wednesday in the Israeli press.

In messages conveyed to Israel, it was said that a large-scale military operation could lead Cairo to the point of suspending relations with Israel, which would critically harm the peace treaty.

In a talks held this week between a senior Egyptian official and a very high-placed official in Jerusalem, the latter told him: “We stopped the escalation in Gaza because of you,” according to the report in Maariv.

This was preceded by talks held between Defense Minister Ehud Barak with Gen. Hussein Tantawi and intelligence chief Murad Muwafi, who conveyed messages in a similar vein, the report said.
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