Aljazeera Arabic is reporting on a speech by Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi on Wednesday evening Cairo time, in which the Muslim Brotherhood figure condemned Israeli attacks by fighter jet on the Gaza Strip.
Morsi was careful to say that Revolutionary Egypt continues to respect all its treaties and international obligations, reassuring Washington and Tel Aviv that Egypt will maintain the peace treaty with Israel and has no intention of initiating hostilities.
At the same time, he said that revolutionary Egypt cannot stand idly by, silent, while Palestinians are attacked. He did not say what Egypt might do other than protest publicly.
Morsi’s speech is the first such severe criticism of Israeli Gaza policy in a long time. The Hosni Mubarak regime was more or less complicit in the repression of the Palestinians.