Egypt presidential hopeful would void treaty with Israel

Egypt presidential hopeful would void treaty with Israel

Provocative lawyer Mortada Mansour says Camp David accord is 'no longer relevant,' doesn't want US aid anyway

Egyptian presidential hopeful Mortada Mansour (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)
Egyptian presidential hopeful Mortada Mansour (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)

A controversial lawyer who is campaigning to become Egypt’s next president said that should he gain power he would cut off aid from the US, abolish the peace treaty with Israel and possibly ban access to social media website Facebook and Twitter.

Mortada Mansour, who announced his candidacy in the coming elections earlier this week, made the revelations during an interview with privately-owned Al-Hayah TV channel on Monday.

Mansour said if elected he would do away with the Camp David Peace Accord with Israel, which he called irrelevant, and the attendant annual $3 billion in US aid.

He said cutting off the aid would encourage Egyptians to enter the job market, according to an account of the interview in Egyptian daily al-Ahram.

Renowned for his outspoken and sometimes blunt statements, Mansour declared that Israel does not keep to the terms of the peace accord with Egypt, thereby nullifying it.

“Israel does not respect the treaty anymore,” he said. “Weapons have been smuggled lately from Israel into the Egyptian border, which contradicts articles in the agreement.”

Mansour also asserted that he is ready to declare war on another of Egypt’s neighbor’s, Ethiopia, if diplomatic measures fail and that country continues with the Renaissance Dam project on the NIle.

Egyptians object to the project because of the effect it may have on the Nile River’s water levels.

Mansour also said he intends to shake up internal affairs with possible bans on alcohol and leading social networking websites.

The presidential hopeful said he would end the sale of alcohol to local Egyptians, making it available only in hotels for foreigners.

“We do not want people walking around drunk in the streets,” he explained.

Social network sites Facebook and Twitter would be banned if they threaten internal security Mansour, added according to the report.

During a press conference on Sunday in which he announced his presidential candidacy, Mansour called for a moratorium on “protests, sit-ins and strikes for a whole year until the country is back on its feet,” economically and politically.

The lawyer said he tried to run in the 2012 presidential election won by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, but his candidacy was rejected by the electoral committee for unknown reasons.

In October 2012, Mansour was among 24 people acquitted of organizing the infamous “battle of the camel,” a camel-borne assault on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the 2011 revolt that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

Ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is widely expected to win the May 26-27 presidential election, riding a wave of popularity after ousting Morsi last July.

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