Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon put hope in Egypt's new leadership on Thursday, saying that ties between the two countries may well improve it in various fields.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Ayalon expressed his belief that it was in Egypt's interest to maintain good relations with Israel. He said that in terms of security, economics, policy and regional development, he thought that cooperation between the two countries would improve. "I am happy that [Egyptian President Mohamed] Morsy is also thinking about these things," said Ayalon.
However, Ayalon said, "it is important to remember what shoes Morsy stepped into - it was never a honeymoon." Relations between Israel and Egypt were always cold he added. He said that Morsy had been invited to visit Israel, but that it was unrealistic to expect a political visit from the Egyptian president any time soon.