Letter To Israel Is False, Claims Egypt
Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi has allegedly sent a letter to Israeli president, Shimon Peres’s office, A claim that has been strongly denied by the Egyptian leaders Islamic Brotherhood movement. Apparently the letter was intended to promote regional peace and stability and the contents of the letter mention the Middle East peace plan among other things.
The letter was in response to an earlier letter sent by the Israeli presidency wishing the Egyptian government and its people the best wishes for the holy month of Ramadaan. In reply, sent from the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv appears to be written on official stationary. Strangely the Israeli presidents last name seems to be misspelled, it is spelled “Perez” instead of the correct, “Peres”. Egypt denies the letter altogether and claims that it is a deliberate fabrication by two Israeli newspapers.
The counter claim from the office of the president of Israel is that the letter is indeed from the Egyptian leader and is in fact not only written on official stationary but was also sent via registered mail and by fax from the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv. A request was sent from the Israeli president’s office to the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv asking if the letter could be publicized. According to the embassy a request was sent back to president Morsi’s office in Egypt who in turn green lighted the publication of the letter.
A copy of the fax was then sent to reporters by the office of the Israeli president, the fax included such details as a time stamp as well as contact numbers and the markings ‘”EGY EMB TEL AVIV” clearly demonstrating the authenticity of the fax. There appears to be some confusion within the new Egyptian government as to how to deal with the letter issue. The fax appears to be genuine and the contact number also seems to have been printed automatically by the fax machine itself from which it was sent. Relations between Israel and Egypt have always been historically sensitive and quite often rather frosty.