Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Maariv: 'Tantawi rebukes PM Sharaf & reverses decision to recall ambassador from Israel'

"...Israeli newspaper Maariv today reported that Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), intervened at the eleventh hour and withdrew the decision to recall the Egyptian ambassador in Tel Aviv to Egypt...Tantawi ended the crisis in the last moments, reported Maariv correspondent Eli Berdenstein. He also claims Tantawi rebuked Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf by pulling rank and quashing his decision to recall the ambassador.
Maariv reports that the crisis erupted because Sharaf s decision to send the ambassador back to Israel hinged on an Israeli apology over the killing. Essam Sharaf, in a Facebook post, wrote, Egyptian blood is too precious to be shed without reaction..."

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