Despite growing tensions, Israel has posted its first ambassador to post-Mubarak Egypt. On Monday, Ambassador Yaakov Amitai presented his credentials to Field Marshal Mohamad Hussein Tantawi, head of the military council that rules Egypt since Mubarak’s ouster. The Cairo ceremony included presentations of ambassadors from thirteen other nations. Amitai’s posting comes shortly after new threats were issued by the Muslim Brotherhood, the nation’s leading political force, to abrogate the historic 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the first such treaty between Israel and an Arab nation. The pact is being drawn into play as Cairo and Washington trade allegations and threats over the issue of 19 Americans who work for pro-democracy organizations being placed on trial for criminal behavior.
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