Egyptian presidential front-runner promises tougher line on Israel
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Egyptian presidential front-runner promises tougher line on Israel

Amr Moussa declares he will tie relations with Israel to progress on the Palestinian track

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Amr Moussa (left) jokes with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh during a visit to Gaza in 2010 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)
Amr Moussa (left) jokes with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh during a visit to Gaza in 2010 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

Egyptian presidential front-runner Amr Moussa pledged to adopt a tougher stance on Israel than his predecessor Hosni Mubarak if elected president next month.

In an 80-page political program released by his office on Wednesday, Moussa dedicates the final chapter to “national security and foreign policy.” Under the article titled “returning to historic, honorable principles in dealing with the Palestinian question as a priority of Egyptian national security,” Moussa writes that Egypt has experienced “years of laxity” in its dealings with Israel.

He adds that “all forms of political, economic and legal support must be given to Palestinians in their struggle for rights.” The Arab Initiative for comprehensive peace with Israel ratified in 2007 will serve as his primary guideline, writes Moussa, with the goal of “solving the conflict rather than managing it.”

Moussa concludes that he will tie development of Egyptian-Israeli relations to “Israel’s level of willingness to end the conflict, step by step and commitment by commitment.”

According to recent polls, Moussa stands the best chance of winning the Egyptian presidential elections scheduled for the end of May.

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