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Former Israeli PM calls for US to support Egyptian coup leaders

Ehud BarakFormer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has called for the free world to support Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi and liberal leaders such as Mohamed ElBaradie, he told CNN on Monday. Barak alleged that President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by his people after he had attempted to change Egypt into a religious-communist state.

Asked whether Israel is silently happy about the coup, he said: "We do not consider ourselves among the main players in these incidents, through which we see a dramatic development for the Egyptians."

Although Israel's support may well "embarrass" Al-Sisi, Barak insisted that he and "other" liberal leaders such as Al-Baradei deserve the support of the free world. "There were free elections but they were tools that were used to change the democratic elections into an extremist communist regime based on the Islamic Sharia," he claimed. "This led to the popular rejection of Morsi."

Calling for the US to deal with Morsi as it dealt with other autocratic Sunni leaders in the region, the former Israeli prime minister pointed out that America "neglected them when their people moved against them".

In closing, Barak said that in return for external support the people of Egypt should hold free, democratic elections within a year.



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