Netanyahu, Peres reach out to Egypt´s Mursi (JERUSALEM POST) By GREER FAY CASHMAN, TOVAH LAZAROFF 07/02/12)
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Sources say PM sent Egyptian president secret letter; Peres
emphasizes importance of maintaining the peace agreement.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres last
week both sent letters to newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed
Mursi, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the two countries’
1979 peace agreement.
Netanyahu sent a letter Thursday through diplomatic channels – an
event so private that his office refused to confirm it had been
Diplomatic sources, however, told The Jerusalem Post about the
document, which expressed Netanyahu’s desire to see the continuation
of cooperation and peace between the nations.
Peres sent a letter the same day as the prime minister – which his
office made public only on Sunday, once it confirmed the letter’s
arrival in Cairo.
“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,” Peres wrote.
“All of us in Israel greatly respect Egypt and the Egyptian people,
who have served as pioneers and have outlined the way of peace and
reconciliation in the region, and we know that the work is not yet
finished,” he said.
Peres congratulated Mursi not only on his victory but also on Egypt’s
democratic elections. He expressed the hope that under Mursi’s
leadership, the nation would face its complex challenges and continue
to cooperate with Israel for the welfare of both peoples.
“Peace has saved the lives of countless young people in Egypt and in
Israel,” wrote Peres. “The obligation toward the younger generation
remains forever valid. As opposed to war, peace is a victory for both
After he was sworn in as president on Saturday, Mursi stated in an
address at Cairo University that Egypt would stand by the Palestinian
people until they regained their rights.
He added, however, that the country would also stand by its
Still, speculation has mounted since Mursi’s runoff victory as to
whether he would honor the treaty. Last week, upon hearing of his
election, Netanyahu and Peres made public statements about the peace
Joanna Parasczcuk contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 07/02/12)
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