Egypt Presidential Frontrunner: Israel Treaty ‘Dead and Buried’

Egypt Presidential Frontrunner: Israel Treaty ‘Dead and Buried’ | Would base policy in 2002 Arab Initiative

After a decade as Egypt’s Foreign Minister and a decade as the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa is not only the front-runner to be Egypt’s first post-revolution president, but with the junta banning top religious candidates he is virtually the presumptive victor already.

Speaking today at a rally in southern Egypt, Moussa touched on foreign policy with an apparent eye toward detractors who see him as the preferred US candidate. In the speech, he declared the Camp David Accords, the peace treaty with Israel that is treated as a sacred cow by many, “dead and buried.”

Moussa said the document was purely interesting for historical reasons, and that it was designed for an era long gone. Instead, he said relations with Israel would center around the Arab Initiative of 2002, a policy initially advanced by Saudi Arabia, which proposed full normalization of relations with Israel for the entire Arab world in return for a Palestinian state around 1967 borders, and predicated improved relations with Israel on progress toward that end. Israel, needless to say, spurned that offer in 2002, saying “normalization” was too vague and that it would never end the occupation of the West Bank.

Moussa has overwhelming support among secular voters in Egypt. The nation’s Islamist candidates were seen as publicly supporting the Accords, though calling for some minor revisions. Israeli officials have suggested that any revisions to the Accords would mean there was no reason for the nation to ever again negotiate with any Arab nation.

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  • duglarri

    Pigeons, the cat you were expecting is now officially among you.

  • Carey T

    It is these sort of structural changes to Israeli hegemony I treasure.

  • pendulum

    Go Moussa, good lad

  • Nathan

    Amr Moussa is lying through his teeth when he says the Camp David accord is dead. I hope the Egyptians don’t fall for it. He is a US man and a friend of Israel. But there’s a big chance that he may win in a rigged election.

    The problem in Egypt is the military dictatorship that’s running the show. Unless they get rid of it, whatever happens in the name of democracy is a sham.

  • Nathan

    Your comment section, Mr Thomas, says: Post a new comment.

    But I still do not see posted my old comment which read as follows:

    Amr Moussa is lying through his teeth when he says the Camp David accord is dead. I hope the Egyptians don’t fall for it. He is a US man and a friend of Israel. But there’s big chance that he may win in a rigged election.
    The problem in Egypt is the military dictatorship that’s running the show. Unless they get rid of it, whatever happens in the name of democracy is a sham.

    Is that, Mr Thomas, because you have a different view than mine, or is it because you are actually part of the propagandist group at Anti-war? Isn’t it for the same reason the corporate/Zionist media is propagandizing him as the frontrunner?

    [moderator’s note: It’s because I accidentally fell asleep this afternoon and comment moderation went undone for several hours. Don’t you ever calm down? – TLK]

  • ML3

    YESSS!!! Hahaha fascist Israel starts crying to Uncle Sham to set things right, again.
    Why can't we get cut rate gas from Egypt anymore?? America, do something!!! We deserve a bargain! Remember the Holocaust? STFU!
    Here's a tissue and some unleavened bread. Go cry to someone who has sympathy for religious supremacists with a Messianic complex.

  • Nathan

    This is the same Amr Moussa who was Egypt’s intelligence chief and manager of Mubarak’s regime, and a probable replacement for Mubarak. Two months before Mubarak’s downfall Amr Moussa travelled to Israel. There someone asked him how can he be sure of the smooth transition of the regime, and he responded: It’s not important who votes, but who counts the votes.

    Now the military dictatorship has placed his name on the list of presidential candidates, and as he has predicted, the military will pull his name as the winner and the next president of Egypt.

    What’s no surprise is that Anti-war has exposed itself as another corrupt corporate media that sensors readers’ comments that expose the Egyptian scam as well as Anti-war’s anti-truth position.

    Anti-war cannot fool all of the people all of the time

    [moderator’s note: Why would we need to fool you? You constantly fool yourself into thinking that you’re being “censored” when you’re actually not, and that Antiwar.com is pro-war when it’s actually anti-war, etc., so presumably you fool yourself into a lot of other contra-factual positions as well – TLK]