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How worried should Israel be about the new Egyptian president?

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 3, 2012 | 5:27 pm

Mohamed Morsi, who was elected last month in Egypt’s first democratic presidential election, had already voiced doubts about al Qaeda’s role in 9/11, calling for a “scientific conference” to identify the real perpetrators of the attacks that killed 3,000 Americans.

No word on whether Morsi wants Cartman to run that conference or whether he thinks the attacks were carried about by, you know, the Jews. But, according to the Washington Times, he’s certainly no friend of the United States or Israel, “calling the Bush administration ‘the world’s terrorism leader’ and accusing it of getting ‘in line with Israeli occupation forces in aggression, injustice, encroaching lands and raping women.’”

This weekend, Morsi vowed to support Palestinians but said that Egypt will honor its peace treaty with Israel:

Egypt’s newly elected president has sent an implicit message of reassurance to Israel in his first major address after taking office, but he also pledged support for the “legitimate rights” of the Palestinians.

Islamist Mohammed Morsi said Saturday that his administration will continue to honor its international treaties - a thinly veiled reference to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

Is there a “for now ...” in that message? How concerned should Israel be? Slate has some thoughts.

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