Moshe Feiglin 311 .
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Recapturing the Sinai Peninsula that Israel gave to Egypt in the 1979 peace
treaty is a foregone conclusion following the victory of Muslim Brotherhood
candidate Mohamed Morsy in Egypt’s presidential election, far-right Likud
activist Moshe Feiglin said Sunday night.
Feiglin said he was surprised
by the Brotherhood taking over Israel’s neighbor to the South. He noted that the
peace agreement, which then-prime minister Menachem Begin signed with
then-Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, was never implemented on the Egyptian side
even though 4,500 Jews living in Sinai lost their homes.
“There never was
peace,” Feiglin said.
“Those who still dream sweet dreams of Begin’s Camp
David Accords and Yitzhak Rabin’s Oslo agreements need to wake up and see that
what happened in Egypt is the continuation of the Iranian revolution, and
Islamic fundamentalism will take over the entire region. It is clear that in the
end, reality will require Israel to return to where we were before [Sinai] and
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari called Morsy’s
victory “the final nail in the coffin of the illusion of the peace with Egypt
that we paid a heavy price for.”
Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich
said that peace with Egypt is of the highest strategic importance, and Israel
must do everything in its power to maintain it.
“Despite the complexity
involved, we must conduct a dialogue with whoever is elected to lead Egypt,” she
Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said last week
that Israel must make
overtures to Morsy and his Brotherhood if they won.
“We have no choice
but to find a way to start a dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood,” Ben-Eliezer
said. “We need to help Morsy understand that it is in Egypt’s interest to
maintain peace with us, no less than Israelis realize that it is in our interest
to maintain peace with them.”