The war on Gaza has revealed that, and contrary to a generally-held belief, Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi is a brother not an enemy of Israel, according to a report by a leading publication in the Jewish state.
In a recent meeting with Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Hamas was, strangely enough, the party not listening to President Mursi and that Israel was actually receptive to the Mursi’s Gaza ceasefire ideas, the daily Haaretz reported.
The paper mentioned an excerpt from a letter the Egyptian President purportedly sent to the Israeli president. The excerpt read: “Your faithful friend, Mohammed Mursi.”
“It is worth remembering that Mursi is not a religious legal scholar, and the Muslim Brotherhood is not a Hasidic sect. The movement has undergone bitter ideological splits since its founding. Leaders have quit and established competing movements,” Haaretz wrote in its report.
“And Mursi was not the brotherhood's preferred candidate for the Egyptian presidential election. The young guard bitterly criticizes the older generation. Even the movement's founder, Hassan al-Banna, on several occasions preached in favor of giving preference to Egyptian national interests over involvement in foreign conflicts such as the Palestinian struggle,” the report added.
Haaretz pointed out that Hamas’s close relationship with the Shiite Iran did not always please the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
“After he surprised us with his efforts to diffuse the tensions, Mursi is now a colleague, our close friend,” the Haaretz report said.
“All of a sudden, he reminds us of the Egypt that we had gotten used to in the era of Hosni Mubarak. No longer is he the disaster that befell the Middle East and Israel. He is no longer a symbol of the ‘Arab winter’ or of a shocking dictatorship.”
“If he is battling Hamas, he is a friend. If he is fighting terrorism in Sinai, he is our brother. Whether or not he turns Egypt into a theocracy, whether he promotes liberal values, whether or not he deals with the Egyptian economy, we no longer care,” Haaretz wrote.