Israeli PM sends message to new Egyptian president
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent a letter to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urging him to back the peace treaty signed in 1979 between-two countries, said a senior Israeli official Sunday. In this letter, whose existence was revealed Sunday by the Tel Aviv-based Haaretz newspaper, Mr. Netanyahu stressed "Israel's desire for further cooperation and strengthening peace," said the official. He conveyed that the letter had been sent in "recent days".
The newly elected Egyptian President has confirmed, in more than one occasion, his commitment to the continuation of the peace agreement with Israel, but he stressed, in his first speech after his inauguration at the University of Cairo Saturday, that "the Egyptian people, state, government and the institution of the presidency, stand with the Palestinian people , in order to achieve their full legitimate rights, and "we are working to complete the (Fatah-Hamas) reconciliation. "
He also pledged to "work with all seriousness to activate the joint Arab action, activating common Arab defense agreement, and the Arab common market," adding that "all Arab states need it. Egypt is the leader, and if it rises all the Arabs will rise." The New Egyptian president also noted at the same time, that Cairo "will not accept any violation of the Arab national security."
On his part, Israeli President, Shimon Peres, has recently spoken to CNN, dealing with the presidential election in Egypt, saying that the problem of Egypt is not Israel. "The revolution is not associated with Israel." He believes that the Muslim Brotherhood lack a plan for the future. "They have to come to appropriate solutions, otherwise our relations could fall back."
Asked if he believed that the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement will continue or not, Peres said: "The decision is up to them, if they refuse to deal with us, they should pay for it...they have to decide how Egypt will provide bread for their children."