Israel ready for end of peace with Egypt

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israeli leaders hope that the peace agreement with Egypt will survive the change of governments in Cairo, but said this week that Israel already has a plan how to respond if Egypt returns to an official state of war with the Jewish state.

In his first public appearance since stepping down as chief of the Israeli army this week, Gabi Ashkenazi said on Monday that “the peace treaty with Egypt, as cold as it is, is of strategic importance to the State of Israel.”

Ashkenazi warned, however, that there is a “weakening of the moderate camp” in Egypt, and that there is a very real chance that the next regime will not honor the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. “We have planned for this situation,” he added.

The military is current ruling Egypt, but with elections scheduled for September, jockeying for public approval has already begun. One of the chief opposition players is the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks Islamic rule over the entire region, and has vowed to end Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel if it ever came to power.

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