Lantos Slams Egypt on Smuggling Tunnels
Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos (a Holocaust survivor) shows his party how it’s done, courageously standing up and telling the truth to the Egyptians: US congressman Lantos criticizes Egypt on Palestinian weapons smuggling.
Congressman Tom Lantos accused Egypt of not doing enough to halt the smuggling of weapons by Palestinian militants across the Egyptian border.
“I do not believe that the Egyptian government has done enough historically,” Lantos, the high-ranking Democratic Party member on the House International Relations Committee, told a news conference in Cairo.
Israel has repeatedly accused the Palestinians of using tunnels dug under the Rafah border crossing to smuggle weapons from Egypt for attacks against Israel.
“I believe Egypt has the capacity to shut down these tunnels,” said Lantos but added: “I am totally opposed to terrorists obtaining weapons whether through tunnels or through some other means.”
Lantos held a series of meetings in Egypt with the Egyptian leadership, including President Hosni Mubarak, intelligence chief General Omar Suleiman, presidential advisor Osama al-Baz and Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit.
He said much of the discussions “related to our joint efforts…to terminate this murderous activity through the tunnels at the Gaza border”.
He added: “I am strongly and irrevocably opposed to arming terrorists,” referring to Palestinian militant groups.