22.08.2011 22.Aw-Elul, 5771
It appears interim regime doesn't want to exploit recent events as means to scrap relationship with Israel., nor does it want popular protest movements to formulate Egypt's foreign policy.
Egyptian video clips circulating since Saturday feature Ahmed al-Shahhat, the "hero" who ripped down the Israeli flag above the Cairo embassy, and demands by four Presidential candidates to expel Israel's ambassador, recall Egypt's ambassador, and annul trade agreements with Israel. These are just a taste of the swell of data indicating a nadir in Israel-Egypt relations.
This crisis is real; and Egypt's interim military government, on which these candidates sit, is under tremendous pressure, as masses in the country claim that Israel has displayed abominable insensitivity toward Egypt. Still, it is too early to talk about a definite rift in relations with Egypt….