Egyptian President Mubarak reached out to newly appointed Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and offered the hand of friendship to the right wing demagogue who has been deaf to pleas for peace. Murbarak offered to meet Netanyahu and engage in conversations that might lead to jump starting the peace process between Israel and Palestinians. However, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit made clear his fury at comments made by Israel foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman who had once threatened to blow up the Aswan Dam and had told President Murbarak to “go to hell.” Gheit made clear, “whoever insults the dignity of Egypt must face the consequences and accept responsibility for his words.”
Perhaps, it is time for Netanyahu to sit down with his foreign minister and gave him a short course on how to conduct oneself if the goal is peace. Personally, we doubt Mr. Lieberman has the emotional or intellectual ability to change.