In an interview with London based satellite television station, Al-Hiwar, the editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, Abdel Bari Atwan, revealed the existence of intelligence reports documenting a secret meeting between former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, and Amr Mousa during the latter’s unexpected visit to Ramallah on November 4 – 10 days before the attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Reports mentioned that Livni made a direct request from Mousa to pre-occupy Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, during this period with internal affairs.
The writer believes this is what in effect happened as Mousa returned from his visit and lead the withdrawals from the Constituent Assembly of the Constitution without providing any reason convincing to public opinion. So much so that he affected an altercation with the head of the Constituent Assembly and blocked an article of the constitution which he himself had proposed.
This matter occupied Egyptian public opinion and talk show programmes and he escalated his attack on President Morsi as the attack on Gaza escalated.
According to Atwan, “these reports coincide with statements made by Israeli Middle East expert, Binhas Anbari, during an interview with the satellite TV channel Russia Today. Anbari asserted that Egyptian President Morsi aborted the Israeli operation in Gaza before it began, and that “we counted on forces inside Israel to preoccupy him with internal political and economic affairs.”