New Egyptian President to Reconsider Peace with Israel
Fake Mohamed Morsy Twitter account indicated that Egyptian President sent letters to top Israeli politicians
A series of tweets from the supposed "official twitter account" of newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Wednesday stated the leader’s intention to maintain peaceful relations with Israel, after much speculation that Morsy would reconsider Egypt’s peace treaty with the Jewish state.
Morsy appeared to send out three continuous tweets pledging to honour the agreement, signed in 1979 as part of the Camp David Accords, and meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres. However, it was later discovered that the Twitter account was fake.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's tweets. Photo: Twitter
Shortly after being elected, Morsy indicated that he may wish to decrease ties with Israel and work to “create a strategic balance” in the Middle East by strengthening Egypt’s relations with Iran, which broke off diplomatic relations with Egypt in 1980 due to the peace agreement with Israel.
“We will reconsider the Camp David Accord,” Morsy was quoted as telling a Fars reporter in Cairo.
Among the many “important” issues he planned to review, the issue of Palestinian refugees returning to homes their families abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and the 1967 Six-Day War was one of his top priorities.
“All these issues will be carried out through cabinet and governmental bodies because I will not take any decision on my own,” he noted.
Shortly after being elected, Morsy declined to answer a congratulatory phone call from Israeli officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Palestinian news agency, Ma’an.
However Haaretz reported that Netanyahu still sent a letter to Morsy via the Israeli embassy in Cairo, urging him to uphold the peace treaty between the two countries, and also dispatched an Israeli envoy to meet with Egyptian security officials.
The letter “stressed Israel's desire to continue cooperation and to strengthen the peace,” an Israeli source told Haaretz on condition of anonymity.
Peres also sent Morsy a congratulatory letter, which was posted to the Israeli President’s official Facebook page on Sunday.
“As someone who took part in the process that led to the peace agreement that was signed between my country and yours, I know that both Egypt and Israel attribute supreme importance to regional peace and stability, which serve the interests of all peoples in the region,” wrote Peres.
“We hope for continued cooperation with you based on the peace agreements that were signed between us over three decades ago and which obligate us to maintain and cultivate them on behalf of the welfare of both peoples. Peace has saved the lives of countless young people in Egypt and in Israel. The obligation toward the younger generation remains forever valid. As opposed to war, peace is a victory for both sides.”