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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Report: Foreign Ministry asked ambassador to Cairo to open talks with Muslim Brotherhood

The Hebrew paper Maariv is reporting that the foreign ministry has instructed Israel's ambassador to Egypt to open talks with the Muslim Brotherhood (link is to a screen cap of the Hebrew page of the newspaper). The full Hebrew article is here, and it states that the ambassador has been authorized to talk with all of the Islamist movements - which won the Egyptian elections (Egypt being a country with which we currently have diplomatic relations).

But there's one small catch: Maariv reports that the authorization is 'irrelevant' because the Islamic movements say that they will not talk to or recognize Israel. I'm sure you're all shocked.

A year ago, the foreign ministry denied a request by the previous ambassador to Egypt to open talks with the Brotherhood.

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