Israel plans to pull out of the ‘Philadelphia Corridor’

Friday, March 11, 2005 | 
Israel has reached an agreement in principle with Egypt to pull out of the volatile Philadelphia Corridor on the border with the Gaza Strip. The corridor is a haven for tunnels used to smuggle weapons from Egypt to Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. These weapons have fueled the Palestinian terror war for four and a half years, while Egypt turned a blind eye. But at a meeting between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt agreed to deploy 750 police on its side of the border to prevent weapons smuggling. Israel, in turn, would abandon the corridor as part of its planned withdrawal from Gaza this summer. Israeli critics warn that if this happens, terror groups will quickly rearm for the next Palestinian uprising.

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