Gilad: There's no contact with Morsi, and there won't be

Senior Defense Ministry official says there is no contact between political echelons in Egypt and Israel, but says peace treaty must be preserved "at any cost," describes Muslim Brotherhood rule as "terrible dictatorship."

November 2, 2012 14:10
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS / Handout)


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There is no official contact between the top tiers of the Egyptian and Israeli governments, Defense Ministry security and diplomacy chief Amos Gilad said Friday, while emphasizing the vital importance of peace with Israel's southern neighbor.

"There is no talking going on between (Israel's) and Egypt's political echelons, and I don't think there will be," Gilad said at the IDC Herzliya's "Strategic Fridays" event, according to Army Radio.

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"[Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi] will not speak with us," he added.

But despite the virtually non-existent relations, Gilad stressed that Israel must preserve the peace treaty with Egypt "at any cost."

"A terrible dictatorship sprouted from the desire for democracy (in Egypt)," Gilad continued, referring to what he described as the radicalization of the country by the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power.

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