The US and its European allies will exert every effort to pressure Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to preserve the North African country’s Camp David peace treaty with Israel, says an analyst.
“Americans and their European allies are determined to put pressure on [Egyptian President Mohamed] Morsi in Cairo to keep the treaty with Israel... [as Israel is] a number one priority of Western diplomacy in relationship to Egypt and they will move everything in order to maintain the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel as an enormous strategic importance for Tel Aviv, for Washington and for its European allies,” said journalist, writer and broadcaster, Chris Bambery in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
The comments come against the backdrop of an attack on August 5th, when masked gunmen attacked the Egyptian military posts in the Sinai Peninsula and killed sixteen Egyptian security forces and injured many others.
“Therefore I believe this incident (August 5th attack) is being exploited precisely to do that (maintain the Camp David peace treaty),” the London-based journalist added.
Following the deadly incident, on August 11, the military forces of the Zionist regime occupied parts of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
While the Tel Aviv regime has called on the Egyptian authorities to deal with what it called ‘terrorists,’ Hamas has accused Israel of planning and executing the terrorist attacks.
Bambery went on to say that although President Morsi has been partially successful “in exerting constitutional control over the army” the new Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces General Abdul Fatah Khalil al-Sisi, “has been trained by the Americans.”
The Egyptian president replaced the country’s top military officials on Sunday, in a move that stunned many, and cancelled a military order, which had restricted presidential powers.
Bambery maintained that while Morsi has gained advantage over the military through the reshuffle of the country’s top military officials, the military is not out of the way yet.
“Morsi has gained points if you like over the military but the military are not out of the game, they retain influence in terms of military defense council and it appears he has conceded that the new military leadership can have some veto over Egyptian policy in regards to Israel and indeed Iran and therefore this competition while Morsi may be on top, no it is not over and the Americans will do everything they can in order to maintain that peace treaty between Israel and Egypt,” the analyst said.
“The incident that has taken place in Sinai has benefited them (the Americans) in many many ways by putting pressure on the Egyptian regime to restore order in Sinai at the expense of Hamas and at the expense of opponents of Israel,” he concluded.