Israel should stay out of the turmoil in Cairo and focus on peace talks, MK
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Monday, after an Israeli official said Jerusalem is
telling governments that the key issue is not democracy but keeping Egypt from
“Israel shouldn’t get involved in an internal Egyptian
matter,” Ben-Eliezer, a former defense minister, told The Jerusalem
“I really hope Israel will focus more on the peace process and
increase cooperation with the Egyptian army to ensure quiet in Sinai and stop
terrorists from shooting at aircraft.”
Ben-Eliezer pointed to violence in
Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in recent weeks, saying that “it’s not a simple issue”
and that Israel should “push forward in the peace process so we aren’t blamed
for almost everything.”
While the Labor MK said he does not know what the
government is telling the US and Europe, he relayed a similar message to the
“[Deposed Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed] Morsi is trying to
lead Egypt to be something similar to Iran,” Ben-Eliezer explained. “The 
revolution overturned a military dictatorship, but [Egypt’s army chief,
Gen. Abdel Fattah] al-Sisi understands that Morsi wants an Islamic
dictatorship – not Muslim, Islamic, which means they believe jihad [holy war] is
Ben-Eliezer said the Muslim Brotherhood wants to turn Egypt
into an Islamic Republic like Iran with revolutionary guards that support
violence and terror.
According to Ben-Eliezer, Sisi learned that
underground militias with weapons were being formed and realized he’s dealing
with terrorist groups.
Though he was not democratically elected, “Sisi
wouldn’t have made this move if he didn’t have the backing of most, about 80
percent, of the Egyptian people,” the former defense minister added.
West is making a mistake to some extent by saying that the nation chose Morsi
and he was democratically elected. That’s true, but there have been fascist
regimes that took advantage of democracies to rise to power. I don’t want to
give examples, but those who know history know what I’m talking about,” Ben-
Eliezer stated, in what seemed to be a thinly veiled reference to
Ben-Eliezer added that Sisi did not have a choice but to depose
Morsi, because the army’s job is to defend and protect the Egyptian nation and
As for Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt, the Labor MK is
confident that there is no danger.
“The Egyptian Army won’t give up [on
the peace treaty]. The army is its own kingdom within Egypt, and it
protects the peace treaty because it understands its joint interests with
Israel,” he stated.
Ben-Eliezer said there is cooperation and
coordination in intelligence and military action between Egypt and
At the same time, he expressed concern about the execution of 25
Egyptian soldiers in Sinai on Monday, saying the news is
“It just shows what I’ve been saying – these are
terrorist organizations and jihad is part of their worldview,” Ben-Eliezer
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