A member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Egyptian parliament denounced the Grand Sheikh of Al Azahr, Mohamed Sayed Tantwy, regarding his recent comment in an Arab newspaper in which he expressed his desire to meet any Israeli officials who wanted to come to Egypt to discuss issues. He said his office was open to anyone interested in pursuing the peace process. The Sheikh was previously criticized for daring to actually shake hands with Israeli President Shimon Peres. His response to the comments was: “What did you want me to do, refuse to shake hands with a president of a country we are at peace with?”
A major problem in attaining peace in the Middle East is the presence of powerful forces which oppose working with members of the Israeli Peace Now movement on the ground any Israeli, by definition, is an enemy. It is time for people of good will to work with one another because the alternative is maintaining the status quo for another half century.