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Israeli assassination in Gaza risks wider conflict

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But the attack also threatens to undermine Israel’s already tenuous relationship with Egypt under newly elected President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mr. Morsi tonight denounced Israel’s “wanton aggression against Gaza,” recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Israel, and warned that Egyptians would not accept such an assault. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been under considerable pressure from the Egyptian public to revisit the country’s historic peace deal with Israel, potentially unraveling an alliance key to Israel’s security as well as US interests in the region.

Mahmoud Hussein, a member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau, said in an interview prior to Jaabri’s assassination that Egypt is the only party to the peace treaty that has upheld its obligations.

The US didn’t keep its promise of creating a Palestinian state, while the Israelis didn’t respect Palestinian rights, he told The Christian Science Monitor last week. He specifically criticized Israeli attacks against Palestinians.

“There is no treaty because there’s no respect for the treaty,” he said, sitting behind his polished desk at the Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo. “When the Egyptian people see that Egypt is the only party that respects the treaty, they will want to revisit it.”

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