Amos Gilad, head of the Political Diplomatic Bureau at the Israel Ministry of Defense, told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Israel has made it clear to Egypt and the U.S. that it will not accept any violation of the military appendix of the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, which mandates that the Sinai Peninsula remain demilitarized, and that any changes must be coordinated and agreed upon by both sides. Gilad said Israel was in "constant contact" with the Egyptians and that Israel's message was being heard.
"When the Egyptians introduce weapons that are not included in the agreement we check it and we talk to the Egyptians about it....We will not agree to a violation of the military appendix of the peace agreement. Israel is keeping things in proportion, and we are standing fast by our interests." The Egyptians "are fighting against an al-Qaeda-like group of terrorists whose aim is to carry out strategic attacks that would force a confrontation between Israel and Egypt," Gilad said.