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Jewish state a talking point as election nears
Candidates for Egypt’s highest office have sharpened their anti-Israel rhetoric with barely a week left until voters cast their ballots in the first presidential election since last year’s revolution.
“And the old regime was different from where most Egyptians are on the peace treaty [with Israel], whereas Moussa was intent on showing that Aboul Fotouh was irresponsible - that, yes, Egyptians, in fact, have a case to be made, but to call Israel an ‘enemy’ was not necessarily in the interest of Egyptians.”
To longtime Egypt observers, the idea of Mr. Moussa being put on the defensive over Israel was ironic. Mr. Moussa, who served as longtime President Hosni Mubarak’s foreign minister and then as secretary-general of the Arab League, earned Egyptian affection with his famed tirades against Israel.
The campaign also has forced Mr. Moussa to dispel rumors that he has an Israeli half-brother.
Egyptians will cast their initial presidential votes May 23 to 24. If no candidate gets the majority, as seems likely, the top two vote-getters will compete in a second round June 16 to 17.
On Saturday, Mr. Shafik’s campaign boasted that he, a former air force commander, had shot down two Israeli planes during his military career.
Mr. Moussa leads most polls, though few analysts will make predictions because of the unreliability of Egyptian polling.
All major candidates have pledged to end natural gas sales to Israel. They also have called for revisions to the peace treaty.
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Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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