Danny Ayalon 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
While Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in an interview published on
Saturday that the success of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt puts Israel’s
security in peril, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said all the leading
forces in Egypt realize peace with Israel is a “strategic asset.”
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peace agreement with Egypt is not in danger,” Ayalon said during a speech
Saturday in Beersheba. He said all the main players in Egypt understand the
benefits of the peace agreement with Israel.
Ayalon’s comment echoed US
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland’s remark Thursday that the Muslim
Brotherhood had given Washington assurances it would honor Egypt’s peace treaty
Haniyeh, however, had a somewhat different reading of the
situation, saying in an interview published Saturday in Britain’s Independent
that Israel’s strategic situation has suffered as a result of the “Arab
Israel knows the strategic environment is changing, he
said. “Iran is an enemy. Relations are deteriorating with
Turkey. With Egypt, they are really cold. Israel is in a security
situation they have never been in before. The Palestinians are winning more than
anybody else due to what’s happening in the Arab countries. That will come out
clearly in the future.”
Haniyeh said Cairo would no longer close its
border with Gaza, nor would it support any Israeli military operations in the
“The Palestinian cause is winning. With the Muslim
Brotherhood part of the government, [the Egyptians] will not besiege Gaza. They
will not arrest Palestinians. They will not give cover to Israel to launch a
According to Haniyeh, Gaza was a main reason for the revolutions in
the Arab world.
“It was people’s anger at the regimes that cooperated
with Israel and did not recognize the government here,” he said.
meanwhile, reiterated in his remarks that any reconciliation efforts between
Fatah and Hamas that would allow Hamas to enter the PA government would require
Hamas’s forswearing of terrorism, recognition of Israel and acceptance of
previous Israeli- Palestinian agreements before Jerusalem would deal with it.