Mohamed Basiouni, former Egyptian ambassador to Israel, has defended Hosni Mubarak against accusations that the ousted former president adopted policies that served Israel’s interests during his lengthy tenure.
“He did not make concessions for Israel,” Basiouni — who served as Egypt’s ambassador to Israel for 20 consecutive years — told Asharq Alawsat newspaper. “All he did was [aimed at] preserving peace."
“He abided by the peace treaty, and for the record, I haven’t seen any concessions from him for Israel ... I am not being a hypocrite; there is no room for hypocrisy now.”
Egypt’s bilateral relations with Israel have been in the air since the overthrow of Mubarak, who was backed by the Israeli government during the January 25 Revolution.
A recent poll conducted by Pew Research Centre showed that 54 per cent of the Egyptian population wants to see the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel terminated.
Some presidential hopefuls criticise the Camp David Accords to win public support, Basiouni believes. “Egyptian public opinion feels satisfied whenever the Israel issue is brought into discussion. Therefore, candidates are playing that card, but the situation must be addressed more seriously,” he said.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who is running in this year’s presidential elections, is one of those who have disparaged the peace treaty.