Egypt denies that Morsi sent peace letter to Peres

Click photo to download. Caption: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. ( The excitement over Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s reported letter of peace to Israeli President Shimon Peres was short-lived. 

Morsi was thought to have written to Peres that he is “looking forward to exerting our best efforts to get the Middle East peace process back to its right track in order to achieve security and stability for all peoples of the region, including that Israeli people.” The letter was hailed as an unprecedented gesture from Morsi, who has been known so far as hostile to the Jewish state as a member of the radical Muslim Brotherhood party. 

Egyptian officials, however, swiftly denied that the president’s letter was genuine. Though Fox News reported that the Egyptian ambassador to Israel explicitly asked Morsi’s office for permission to make the letter public, Morsi’s acting spokesman, Yasser Ali, said in Egypt’s state-owned al-Ahram newspaper that Morsi “didn’t send any letter to the Israeli president.”

Ali also refuted Israeli media reports on the Morsi-Peres letter.

“What the Israeli newspapers published is fake, and this falsehood won’t stop,” Ali said.

Posted on August 1, 2012 .