ElBaradei says if Israel attacks Gaza Egypt will counterattack: website

April 4, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Mohamed ElBaradei, former IAEA chief and potential presidential candidate in Egypt's upcoming elections, has stated that if Israel attacked Gaza again Egypt would not be a silent spectator and could make a counterattack, a website reported.

“If Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime,” former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was quoted as saying by the Donya Al-Watan website, who interviewed ElBaradei on Thursday.
“In case of any future Israeli attack on Gaza, he (ElBaradei) -- as the next president of Egypt -- will open Rafah border crossing and will consider different ways to implement the joint Arab defense agreement, ElBaradei said.
“Israel controls the Palestinian soil and there has been no tangible breakthrough in the process of reconciliation because of the imbalance of power in the region and the situation there is a kind of one way peace,” he added.
On commenting about his agenda for the Egypt, the future presidential candidate said the distribution of income between different classes in Egypt as his most important priority in case he takes the power.
Increasing productivity, creating new industrial units with the aim of increasing foreign exports and the increase of funding in the scientific knowledge, research and education programs, ElBaradei named his other top priorities.
Photo: Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency