News ID: 8657
Publish Date: 02 July 2012 - 15:58
News reports said Sunday that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi refuses to answer phone calls from Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu who wants to congratulate him on his presidential election win.

The Hebrew media reported that Morsi did not respond to US pressures to receive a short phone call from Netanyahu who had instead to send a congratulatory letter.

An Israeli source said that Netanyahu asked US president Barack Obama to intervene personally to pressure Morsi to answer his phone calls and to ensure that Egypt still respects its agreements with Israel, especially the Camp David treaty.

The source added that Morsi reassured Obama that Egypt is still committed to its agreements, but he insisted on not talking to Netanyahu. For its part, the Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt declared that the arrival of its presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi to power would not change anything of its principles regarding the recognition of Israel and its support for the Palestinian resistance.

"The Muslim Brotherhood's position is fixed and unchanged. We do not and will not recognize Israel," spokesman for the Islamist group Mahmoud Ghazlan told Quds Press.

"We support the legitimate resistance by all rightful means, advocate it in the media and politically and recognize its right to defend itself, and this is a right stipulated by all international conventions," spokesman Ghazlan added.

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