July 4, 2013
Israel’s government remained conspicuously quiet Thursday about the Egyptian military’s ouster of Mohamed Morsi from the country’s presidency, as Egyptians continued either celebrating or lamenting the removal of the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood leader.
“Israel is trying to keep its distance from what is going on Egypt and not say too much, because anything it says on this issue will be used as a weapon against one side or the other,” commented Eli Shaked, who served as Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 2003 to 2005.
“For us it does not matter if it’s the Islamists or liberals in power,” he said. “What is important is that Egypt restores law and order and that stability is returned to all of Egypt, especially in the Sinai.” The retired ambassador added, “Cairo has lost most of its sovereignty over the Sinai, and the peninsula has become a jumping board for terrorists.”