Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday he had assured Egypt's intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, that the defense establishment will work to locate and inspect the graves of Egyptian commandos soldiers on Israeli soil.
According to a Haaretz report last week, dozens of Egyptian commandos who were killed in the 1967 Six-Day War were buried side-by-side in Kibbutz Nachshon, west of Jerusalem. The Egyptian force had planned to capture the air bases at Lod, Tel Nof and Ramle, but were met by Israeli soldiers and a defense force comprised of residents from local Jewish communities.
"I've spoken to my friend, Director of the General Intelligence Directorate of Egypt, Abbas Kamel," Gantz said in a tweet, adding that he "thanked Kamel for his contribution to the important partnership between the countries."
"In light of ongoing discussions about the location of graves of Egyptian soldiers, I promised that the defense establishment will work to find and inspect the matter with the needed sensitivity and dignity," Gantz's tweet read.
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The story on the Egyptian commandos was hushed up; a military source who later took an interest in the subject admitted to Haaretz that he was the one who demanded that the story of the incident be banned for publication over the years, because its revelation, he said, “was liable to generate a regional furor.”
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According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, it was Sissi who broached the subject in the conversation with Lapid. The prime minister noted that he had instructed the military secretary to examine the matter in-depth and to update the relevant authorities in Egypt.
Lapid and Sissi also "emphasized the importance of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, which lays the groundwork for a strategic relationship and is a central pillar to regional stability," the statement said.