(JNS.org) The Tamarod (rebellion) movement, a grassroots effort to register opposition to now-deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and force early elections, helped launch the July 2013 protests in Egypt. The same group is now demanding that Egypt sever ties with Israel as part of a wider campaign seeking to end dependence on U.S. aid, in light of recent sanctions imposed by Washington on the Egyptian army.
Tamarod is calling for a reversal of the 1979 peace agreement with the “Israeli entity, which is binding the hands of Egypt’s security forces in Sinai.” The movement’s activists wish to reformulate Egyptian security agreements with Israel in a way that will “ensure Egypt’s right to secure its borders.” According to the organizers, the new Tamarod petition has so far garnered more than 300,000 signatures.
Israel is closely monitoring the initiative. According to an anonymous official quoted by Israel Hayom, “The fact that there are groups in Egypt trying to promote the issue, specifically now, and that they are calling themselves ‘liberals,’ suggests, more than anything, that their priorities are out of order and bizarre. Even if there is a public demand, the Egyptian leaders, regardless of their affiliation, are well aware of the interests that would best serve the Egyptian people.”