‘Egypt doesn’t seek war, but cold peace to get brittle’
Former envoy to Cairo Yitzhak Levanon says Islamist President Mursi will likely want to re-open the peace treaty with Israel, including the military annex that regulates the number of troops Egypt can have in Sinai.
While Mohamed Mursi the “president of Egypt” will not be Mohammed Mursi “the Muslim Brother activist,” if there were only minimal cultural and economic ties under former president Hosni Mubarak, now there will be even less, former Israeli envoy to Cairo Yitzhak Levanon said Monday.
Levanon, who was evacuated from Cairo along with his staff following the ransacking of the embassy there in September, predicted that there would not be a war with Egypt.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the Center for Strategic Dialogue, Netanya Academic College, Levanon – who retired from the foreign ministry in November — said that not only were the Egyptian masses not interested in returning to confrontation with Israel, but neither were the Egyptian elite, nor event the Islamists.