Morsi's Letter to Israel: Analyis
The debate over a letter allegedly sent to President Shimon Peres of Israel from President Mohamed Morsi has recently emerged...Journalists have traced the letter’s path from a fax machine at the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv to the Israeli President’s office, published confirmation of receipt from the Israelis, but vehement denials from Cairo and the Muslim Brotherhood...There can only be three possibilities to this story:
1. A rogue instigator “fabricated” the letter to create a diplomatic kerfuffle.
2. A member of the Egyptian diplomatic corps responded on President Morsi’s behalf.
3. Morsi ordered the letter written, or wrote it himself, but later denied sending it.
While conspiracy theorists would love to latch onto possibility #1, the other two remain the most likely culprits. If one takes President Morsi at his word, possibility #2 highlights a level of miscommunication within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that at worst is disconcerting, but not catastrophic. One can understand that, in the midst of a cabinet reshuffle and a highly dynamic political environment, certain details may fall through the cracks (as unlikely as that may be in Egypt-Israel relations). Were the issue more serious than a courteous reply, one could imagine a potential fiasco – but this incident certainly isn’t cause for concern.
The last possibility is the most likely, and truly the most troubling.
Posted by: lord garth