A representative of Israel’s Mossad espionage agency met secretly with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi the day before he took office as Egyptian president in 2012, an Egyptian journalist revealed.
According to Army Radio, the Egyptian journalist obtained a copy of the account of the get-together written in Hebrew by the Mossad operative. The spook said that the meeting was facilitated and attended by representatives of the US administration.
Morsi reportedly told the Israeli that he had no intention of severing ties with the Jewish state and that he did not see the country with which Cairo signed a 1979 peace agreement as an enemy.
The journalist, Walid Majdi, did not reveal how he obtained the document.
In an April 2013 interview with Al-Jazeera, Morsi stressed Egypt’s commitment to the peace accords signed with Israel as an expression of “the free will of the Egyptians,” but added that true peace couldn’t exist as long as Palestinians were denied their rights.
“The peace treaty [with Israel] clearly states: ‘just and comprehensive peace for the nations of the region.’ I refer to the Palestinian people. Where is just and comprehensive peace for the Palestinian people?”
Morsi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egyptian history, was deposed in July 2013 by then-army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who became president in June 2014.
In June, Morsi was sentenced to life in jail for passing state secrets to Qatar.