Egypts nyvalgte parlament vedtok mandag enstemmig å utvise Israels ambassadør og stanse alle gassleveranser til Israel.
Vedtaket kommer ikke til å bli satt ut i livet, for det er bare militærrådet som har en slik myndighet, men den fiendtlige uttalelsen er ikke til å ta feil av, og den lover dårlig for fremtiden.
Til tross for at nasjonalforsamlingen må vite at en slik resolusjon vil koste hardt tiltrengt goodwill i Washington, blir den vedtatt. Enstemmig.
Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament unanimously voted on Monday in support of expelling Israel’s ambassador in Cairo and halting gas exports to the Jewish state.
The motion is largely symbolic, because only the ruling military council can make such decisions, and it is not likely to impact Egypt’s relations with Israel. But it signals the seismic change in Egypt after the ouster of longtime leader and Israel ally Hosni Mubarak a year ago in a popular uprising that ended his 29 years in power.
The vote was taken by a show of hands on a report by the chamber’s Arab affairs committee that declared Egypt will “never” be a friend, partner or ally of Israel. The report described Israel as the nation’s “number one enemy” and endorsed what it called Palestinian resistance “in all its kinds and forms” against Israel’s “aggressive policies.”
Nasjonalforsamlingen viser også til Israels atomarsenal, og ber om en revurdering av Egypts atompolitikk, hvilket kan tolkes som at Egypt også bør skaffe seg atomvåpen.
The parliamentary report also called for the recall of Egypt’s ambassador in Israel and a revision of Egypt’s nuclear power policy in view of the widespread suspicion that Israel has a nuclear arsenal of its own.
“Revolutionary Egypt will never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity (Israel), which we consider to be the number one enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation,” said the report. “It will deal with that entity as an enemy, and the Egyptian government is hereby called upon to review all its relations and accords with that enemy.”
Monday’s vote by parliament could serve as an indication of what may lie ahead.
The Islamists who dominate the 508-seat chamber, as well as the largely powerless upper house, would like to see the president’s wide executive powers curtailed in the country’s next constitution, while boosting those of the legislature.
If they have their way, statements like Monday’s could impact on relations with Israel.