Egypts president declines Israel visit invitation

A day after Israel’s foreign minister called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to visit Israel, a Muslim Brotherhood official called such a visit impossible.

“There is no possibility for Morsi to visit the Zionist entity,” Gamal Heshmat of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party told an Egyptian online news magazine, Ynet reported.

Avigdor Lieberman issued the invitation Aug. 28 during a speech at a legal conference.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s military said it will expand its counterattack against terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula that have launched attacks on both the Egyptian military and Israel. The offensive could involve bringing more military hardware into the area in contravention of the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. Egypt and Israel reportedly have been in regular contact over the redeployments. — jta