Egyptian troops deploy on Gaza border

Sunday, September 11, 2005 | 
The first of 750 Egyptian troops have deployed on the Gaza border--part of a security deal with Israel aimed at preventing weapons smuggling to Palestinian terrorists. The Egyptians will replace Israeli forces, which frequently clashed with Palestinian gunmen in the volatile "Philadelphia" Corridor. But Israeli hawks fear Gaza will be flooded with weapons that will threaten the security of the Jewish state. Parliamentarian Uzi Landau says the Egyptians have turned a blind eye to weapons smuggling that has fueled the Palestinian terror war. “I don't trust them,” Landau said. “I just don't trust them." But Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s strategy is to withdraw to the international border, so Palestinians won’t have an excuse for continuing attacks against Israel.

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