The Prime Ministers Office and Defense Minister Ehud Barak distanced himself
from negative evaluations of Egypt made by diplomatic-security chief, Amos
Gilad, on Friday.
A senior official in the Prime Minister’s Office said,
“Amos Gilad’s comments in no way represent those of the government of Israel.
The government of Israel does not interfere in the internal affairs of other
countries. We remain commitment to the peace treaty with Egypt.”
at an event in Herzliya, Gilad said that despite wishes to set up a democracy,
Egypt is turning into a “an appalling dictatorship,” adding that there was no
contact whatsoever between Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the Israeli
“There is no communication between our political leadership
and Egypt’s, and I don’t think there will be. He [Morsi] won’t talk to us,”
Nevertheless, Gilad stressed that Israel and Egypt must
preserve their peace treaty “at any cost.”
Soon afterwards, Barak
released a statement saying that Gilad’s statements “do not reflect the stance
of the security establishment and do not reflect the stance of Maj. [res].
Gilad.” The defense minister added that Gilad’s comments revolved around the
“strategic importance of the peace treaty with Egypt, and the importance of
proper relations with Egypt.”
“The defense establishment and Gilad do not
intend to become involved in Egypt’s internal affairs,” the statement continued,
reflecting a policy by the government to refrain from making any public comments
on internal Egyptian developments.
Last week, while visiting London,
Barak said Egypt has “entered a new era. The Muslim Brotherhood regime provides
a tailwind for Hamas in Gaza and extremists in Jordan.” At the same time, he
said, “The peace treaty with Egypt remains a strategic asset for both countries
and we expect the new government to respect it, as well as all their other
international obligations for the sake of peace and stability for the entire
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.