A Reason to Worry

From David Gregory's interview on Meet the Press yesterday with ElBaradei:

MR. GREGORY:  And yes or no, should Egypt in the future always maintain the peace treaty with Israel?

MR. ELBARADEI:  I, I think so, but it's not just dependent on Egypt, David, it also depends on Israel.  Israel should not continue to apply a policy of force, vis-a-vis the Palestinians, should agree to what everybody knows that Palestinians have the right to establish a state similar to what the proposal of former...

MR. GREGORY:  Dr. ElBaradei, I think a lot of people hearing this--Dr. ElBaradei, people hearing this will hear equivocation, and there'll be great fear about a potential leader of Egypt saying that the peace treaty is not rock solid with Israel.

MR. ELBARADEI: Well, I think everybody is saying it is rock solid, but, but everybody is also saying that, at the same breath, that whether Egypt is a democracy, whether Egypt is a dictatorship everybody in Egypt, everybody in the Arab world will want to see an independentt state. I don't think anybody disagree with that. That has nothing to do with the peace treaty between Egypt and, and Israel, which is, as you said, has been concluded, and I assume that Egypt will continue to respect it, you know?

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