The resounding silence from the Israeli government, in response to the removal of President Mursi by the Egyptian military, has been deafening. The influx of mixed messages from government officials around the world filled the airwaves, but nothing of significance was heard from Egypt’s northern neighbour. Many were at pain to reconcile, not without a touch of hypocrisy and contradiction, between cautiously reprimanding the Egyptian army for what is essentially a bold and blunt intervention in the democratic political process, and a badly hidden satisfaction at the disposal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power.
The threat to Israel
Reflecting on the 12 months of Mursi’s presidency, Israel’s main concerns were never fulfilled, and the fear of hostile polices gave way to pragmatism on the part of a novice president.Yossi Mekelberg
The emergence of both the Hezbollah and Hamas on the borders with Israel, supported by Iran, aggravated this sense of siege on the part of Israel and led to protracted crisis and the intermittent outbreak of military confrontations with Lebanon and Gaza. Israel reacted to the election of the Hamas, in free and fair elections, by imposing sanctions, avoiding any official direct diplomatic contacts, and eventually laying siege on Gaza, not to mention targeted assassination of Hamas’ members and military incursions. To be sure this movement thrives on conflict with Israel and this became a major element in its raison d'etre and a tool to gain and maintain political power.