Monday, October 3, 2011

'Egyptians against gas exports to Israel'

Egypt's gas pipeline to Israel (File photo)
A recent opinion poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Egyptians oppose the terms of the country's gas deal with the Israeli regime.
Mon Oct 3, 2011 2:18PM GMT
According to a press TV poll conducted by Synovate, which was released on Monday, 73 percent of the respondents said they are against gas exports to Israel. Only 9 percent of those surveyed said they agreed with the supplying of gas to the Israeli regime, and 12 percent had no opinion. 

Meanwhile, 74 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 25 said they were dissatisfied with gas exports to Israel, while 13 percent expressed satisfaction with the exports, and 13 percent did not have an opinion. 

Of the surveyed individuals, 75 percent of those between the ages of 26 and 35 demanded an immediate halt to gas exports to Israel. Only 15 percent agreed with Cairo's gas deal with Tel Aviv, and 10 percent had no opinion. 

For Egyptians, the issue of supplying the Israeli regime with gas has always been a contentious one. Egyptians view Israel as an enemy and oppose engaging in any form of business with the regime. 

Egypt's gas supply to Israel has been one of the main economic conditions of the US-sponsored 1979 peace treaty between the two sides. 

Under a USD 2.5-billion export deal with Tel Aviv, signed in 2005, the Israeli regime receives around 40 percent of its gas supply from Egypt at a considerably low price. 

Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman Walid Shalaby told Press TV in March that the “deal was made in the dark, away from the sight of supervisory and legislative bodies. It has to be proposed to the new parliament which will decide on who to export to and to determine the price of the exported gas.”