Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reacted positively to the military coup in Egypt that toppled the country ' s first freely - elected President Mohamed Morsi.
Netanyahu, in rare remarks, said the fall of Morsi shows the weakness of political Islamic movements, Reuters reported on Sunday. In an interview with the German weeklyWelt am Sonntag, Netanyahu also called Morsi’s government “radical” in nature and incapable of steering the country “economically, politically and culturally.” Israel had previously reacted more cautiously to the removal of Morsi by the Egyptian military nearly three weeks ago and Netanyahu did not comment on the issue at that time. However, a confidant expressed hope that new Egyptian leaders may restore mainly frozen contacts with Israel. The army overthrew Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament on July 3 and declared the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president the following day. Dozens of people have since been killed in the wave of violent clashes between supporters of Morsi, his opponents and security forces. On July 6, Israeli Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich urged maintaining friendly relations with Egypt following the ouster of Morsi, saying, “It is really important for Israel to keep Egypt as its friend and to maintain a peaceful border.”