Egypt's President Morsi Wins U.S. and Israeli Gratitude in Gaza Deal


Israel Calls Egypt's Morsi a 'Nice Surprise/

For example, on Saturday a high-speed train crashed into a school bus carrying Egyptian children, killing 51. According to reports, Egyptians are angered at the fact that president never visited the train site, with some blaming the accident on the lack of proper infrastructure.

When National Security Council adviser Ben Rhodes was asked on Wednesday if Morsi was a better negotiator with the Israelis than former President Hosni Mubarak, Rhodes didn't want to compare but did say that the status quo seemed to be intact.

"Egypt has been a critical part of our effort to manage that conflict and pursue peace. That was the case under President Mubarak and it continues to be the case under President Morsi who has upheld the peace treaty with Israel," said Rhodes. "What we've seen is, again, our engagement has been focused on practical and constructive cooperation that can reduce tensions but ultimately, again, it's going to have to be Hamas within Gaza that takes the step of, again, not pursing rocket fire into Israeli territory. But we agree that Egypt can and should be a partner in seeking to bring about that outcome."

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