A protest against former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt on June 28, 2013. Tamarod, the movement that launched the movement that toppled Morsi, is calling for Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel to be reversed. Credit: Lilian Wagdy via Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) After the Muslim Brotherhood did not overturn Egypt’s 1979 peace deal
with Israel during its term in power, the liberal group that began the push to
remove the party from power has begun collecting signatures in efforts to
rescind the agreement.
The Tamarod (rebellion) movement, a grassroots effort to register
opposition to now-deposed president Mohamed Morsi and force him to call early
elections, helped launch the July 2013 protests in Egypt, which preceded the
consequent military coup removal of Morsi. The same group is now demanding that
Egypt sever ties with Israel as part of a wider campaign seeking to end
dependence on U.S. aid, in light of recent sanctions imposed by Washington on
the Egyptian army.
Tamarod is calling for a reversal of the 1979 peace agreement with the “Israeli
entity, which is binding the hands of Egypt’s security forces in Sinai.” The
movement’s activists wish to reformulate Egyptian security agreements with
Israel in a way that will “ensure Egypt’s right to secure its borders.”
According to the organizers of the new Tamarod petition, the petition has so
far garnered more than 300,000 signatures.
Israel is closely monitoring the initiative. According to an anonymous
official quoted by Israel Hayom, “The
fact that there are groups in Egypt trying to promote the issue, specifically
now, and that they are calling themselves ‘liberals,’ suggests, more than
anything, that their priorities are out of order and bizarre. Even if there is
a public demand, the Egyptian leaders, regardless of their affiliation, are
well aware of the interests that would best serve the Egyptian people.”