“There is no official contact between the top tiers of Egyptian and Israeli government, and I don’t think there will be,” said the Defense Ministry’s Amos Gilead Friday. All the same, it is vitally important for both countries to preserve their peace treaty at any cost. In an unusual step, the defense ministry later distanced itself from the official’s comments, saying they do not represent the views the ministry’s position.
DEBKAfile: Gilead was a key go-between in relations between Jerusalem and Cairo in the Mubarak era and the period of military rule in its aftermath. Immediately after Egypt’s first democratic election last June, Gilead hailed the Muslim Brotherhood’s victory. Now he says, “a terrible dictatorship sprouted from the desire for democracy (in Egypt).”