Er komen al een tijdje verontrustende signalen uit Egypte. Hoewel de officiële lijn is dat de vrede met Israel wordt gehandhaafd, wordt er vaak en openlijk tegen Israel en de Joden gefulmineerd en iedereen die ook maar iets met Israel te maken heeft (gehad) in een bijzonder kwaad daglicht gesteld. Een paar voorbeelden:
Een adviseur van president Morsi riep vorige week op om het vredesverdrag met Israel op te geven, omdat het onrechtvaardig zou zijn. Verder zei hij onder andere:
"There is land on Egypt's eastern border called occupied Arab Palestine," said Saif Al-Dawla in response to a question on Egypt's future relations with Israel. "This will remain its name till the end of time, and this is a national principle as well as a historic truth."
En de Egyptische salafist Mohammed Al-Zawahiri, de broer van de bekende AL Qaeda leider, zei in een Egyptische TV show:
Fighting Israel, fighting the Jews is a religious duty incumbent upon all. The Egyptian government should have been fighting the Jewish enemy. Perhaps due to circumstances its weakness, its interests the Egyptian government ignored a religious duty incumbent upon it. Not just the Egyptian government the Jordanian one as well. This is a religious duty incumbent upon all Muslims.
Elder of Ziyon berichtte gisteren het volgende:
A new book called "Friends of Israel in Egypt" was recently released in Egypt.
The book goes through every person who seemed to encourage or accept Israel as a friend of Egypt's since the Camp David peace treaty. It lists ministers who encouraged normal relations and diplomats who had warm words for their Israeli counterparts.
Egyptians who cooperated with Israel and the EU in monitoring those entering and exiting Gaza are also listed, as are some Egyptians who married Israeli Arabs.
Most sensationally, the book lists many celebrities who visited Israel or who said nice things about Israel since the peace agreement, and what they said.
Arabic media in Egypt, Lebanon and elsewhere are writing about this book.
The aim is apparently threefold: To embarrass and shame any Egyptians who dared accept the peace agreement with Israel, to blacklist them in the future, and to ensure that no Egyptian even thinks about being friendly to the Jewish state for fear of a second edition of the book.