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Is President Morsi a Good Partner to US and Israel?

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With the recent report that of of President Mohamed Morsi's senior aides telling the world that Holocaust didn't exist, question then started to stir if the Egyptian President is a good partner to United States and Israel.

Is President Morsi with US and Israel of or against them?

In an interview with with Greta Van Susteren of FoxNews, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the chaos that is breaking out in Egypt and said that the Egyptian Presidency repudiated the statment that Holocaust does not exist and reaffirmed a commitment to the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, which is absolutely core to everything that the world hopes to see happen in the Middle East.

"But you have to, I think, take a step back and look at the fact that the people now in power in these countries have never been in government, never had a chance to really learn how to run agencies or to make decisions." - Ms. Clinton

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Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat at Camp David, 1978. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
However, Ms. Clinton highlighted that US doesn't certainly condone or in any way approve of what a lot of these leaders are doing or failing to do, but it is also important that the try to avoid even more extreme elements which are active across the region, taking control of territory, even threatening a regime, where the people are often American-educated, have some ongoing commitment to make tough decisions.

Ms. Clinton even recalls that when s negotiated the ceasefire in Gaza with President Morsi, he was very involved.

"I'd obviously gone to Israel first, then I went to Egypt and we got it done. It's still holding." - Ms. Clinton

Is President Morsi a good partner or someone that US could deal with?

Ms. Clinton says President Morsi has a lot of the right intentions.

She adds that certainly in long conversations with President Morsi, the many reports of meetings that she has received of other American officials, a recent congressional delegation, she gets the impression that he and the team around him are trying to deal with the economy that is in very bad shape in Egypt, the loss of foreign currency and investment and the tourism trade, the political reforms that are necessary.

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Mohamed Morsi meets United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Cairo, Egypt, July 2012. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
"And some of what he's done we have approved of and supported; and some of what he's done, like abrogating a lot of power unto himself personally, reinstating emergency law provisions that had been a hallmark of the Mubarak regime, are very troubling." - Ms. Clinton

However, Ms. Clinton says they have a balancing act to do, as do the Egyptian people, as to how this is going to turn out.

In addition, Ms. Clinton says US and Egypt have a lot of very intense discussions with its Egyptian counterparts, including him, as to, let's prioritize.

"We need to stop extremism in Egypt. We need to stop weapons coming across your border. We need to reassert order in the Sinai. It's in Egypt's interest, it's in Israel's interest." - Ms. Clinton

She notes both countries need to try to stop Hamas from its constant attacks on Israel, something that also redounds to the detriment of Egypt over the long run because it could become uncontrollable.

US has a long list of important issues that it is raising with Egypt, and obviously their borders with Libya and Sudan are critical, she added.

In June 2012, Mohamed Morsi of Muslim Brotherhood was the declared as the new president of Egypt.

Reports say Egypt's Higher Presidential Elections Commission announced the results of the 16-17 June run-off poll earlier Sunday. The run-off reportedly declared Mohamed Morsy garnered majority of the votes against ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.

Mr. Morsi defeated Mr. Shafiq by more than almost 900,000 votes, with 51.7 per cent of the vote, compared to 48 per cent for Mr. Shafiq.

In his first speech since being declared the Egypt's next leader, Mr Morsi called for unity.

The elections are the first presidential election since the toppling of the long-standing regime of Hosni Mubarak amid popular protests in January 2011, and widely seen as a key element of the country's transition to greater democracy.

In May 2012, with the hope of regaining the country's stability after the revolution, Egyptians headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the country's first free vote for a leader in 5,000 years of history.

Reports say around 50 million eligible Egyptian voters have been called to choose 13 candidates.

Two of the candidates are expected to go into June run-offs this year after the May 23 and 24 vote.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said the United States of America is looking forward to working with Egypt's democratically elected government as the Egyptian people concluded a historic two days of voting in the first round of their presidential election, marking another important milestone in their transition to democracy.

Ms. Clinton says the United States will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they work to seize the promise of last year's uprising and build a democracy that reflects their values and traditions, respects universal human rights, and meets their aspirations for dignity and a better life.

In February 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the United States stands ready to provide assistance to Egypt to advance its efforts. Secretary Clinton announced $150 million budget to assist Egypt in its economic recovery after turmoil.

Earlier in 2012, President Obama has proposed a $1 billion cancellation of Egyptian debt to support Egypt's economic recovery.

Egypt has made progress on human rights since the revolution that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak earlier in 2011.

Long-standing regimes were toppled by a wave of pro-democracy protests that have engulfed much of North Africa and the Middle East in 2011, particularly in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

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