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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 10:52 AM

Senior Israeli defense official: Egypt's Morsi won't talk to us

Senior Israeli defense official Amos Gilad came out against the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Egypt on Friday, describing it as a "terrible dictatorship," and saying President Mohammed Morsi's regime "won't talk" to Israel.

Speaking to students at an event in the Israeli city of Herzliya, Gilad said that "out of a desire for democracy, a terrible dictatorship has arisen" in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood came to power after elections earlier this year.

He stressed, however, that Israel must "safeguard the peace agreement with Egypt at any cost," saying that Israel does not want to engage in military activity against its southern neighbor.

Gilad added that today the Israeli and Egyptian leaderships are not in contact. "There is no talk between our political echelon and that of Egypt, and I don't think there will be," he said, adding that they "won't talk to us."


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