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September 30, 2012 9:58 am

Report: Morsi Willing to Meet an Israeli Leader

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Mohammed Morsi. Photo: YouTube.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is willing to meet with an Israeli leader, preferably President Shimon Peres, a senior Egyptian official told Israel Hayom, despite talk of a Muslim Brotherhood refusal to meet with Israeli officials until an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is signed.

The Egyptian official said that if such a meeting were to take place, it would be in Washington, after the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. The objective would be to establish a new platform for more positive relations between the countries following a downturn resulting from the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 and an assault on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo in September 2011.

According to the official, who recently accompanied Morsi on his visit to the UN General Assembly in New York, the president’s declaration to the assembly that Egypt would honor its international treaties, including its treaty with Israel, was a result of efforts by U.S. officials to bring Israel and Egypt closer together.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported on Saturday that U.S. President Barack Obama had informed Congress he intended to transfer $450 million to Egypt immediately as part of the U.S. government’s pledge of $1 billion in aid after Mubarak’s regime collapsed. The move, however, was immediately opposed by Congress, which has refused to approve aid packages for a regime run by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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  • Fortune

    Of course Morsi would like to meet with Peres. Good for a photo op if Morsi needs one. Peres is known to meet with anyone.

  • rebuznar

    You are dreaming, wait after the USA elections, especially if Obama wins – Morsi then will show his true colors-destruction of Israel, Hass ve Halila. The reason
    he wants to meet with Peres and not Netanyahu is because Peres is a dove and not strong in his convictions like Netanyahu. Hashem should only watch over the Prime Minis
    ter of Israel – keep him safe and thus the Jewish State.

  • Sootys mum

    Morsi wants American aid. I doubt that Morsi wants peace because he is likely to be assassinated and would certainly be voted out. It is also difficult to believe someone who has sent in unagreed and excessive military vehicles to Sinai.

    I also am disgusted at someone whose first act (almost) was to announce the marriageable age drop for girls from 18 to 9 years old!

  • If he is sincere he will go to Israel…If he does not then everything he says is a lie including and and the.

  • Shimon

    Morsi is a pragmatic and moderate person. The peace with Egypt will be kept ynder him.