Daily Israel Report

Morsi Tells Iran Peace Treaty with Israel to be 'Reconsidered'

Morsi tells Iran he wants closer ties for a “strategic balance” in the Middle East and will "reconsider" the peace treaty with Israel.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/25/2012, 11:02 AM

 Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation
Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation
Reuters

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president-elect Mohammed Morsi told Iran he will "reconsider the Camp David Accord" with Israel and that he wants closer ties with Tehran to create a “balance” in the Middle East. He made the comments in an interview with the government-controlled Fars News Agency before he was announced as ther winner of the presidential elections.

Afetr he was declared the victor Sunday afternon, Morsi vowed he will “preserve international agreements,” without mentioning Israel by name.

Morsi told Fars a mouthpiece for the regime, that closer relations with Iran “will create a balance of pressure in the region, and this is part of my program."

Iran’s government-controlled media promoted the Muslim Brotherhood candidate during the election campaign, and the Iranian foreign ministry quickly congratulated the “Egyptian people and government on election of Mohammed Morsi as the country's new president,” Fars reported Monday morning.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo and across the country to celebrate the victory of Morsi, chanting slogans in praise of Allah.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s signal for closer ties with Iran comes as no surprise, but Morsi’s statement underlines the threat of Israel's being under the potential stranglehold of an Iranian-Hizbullah-Hamas-Egyptian axis.