On Tuesday, July 31, Israeli President Shimon Peres made public a letter that he claimed to have received in confidence from Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. The letter says, “I am looking forward to exerting our best efforts to get the Middle East peace process back to its right track in order to achieve security and stability for all peoples of the region, including (the) Israeli people.” However, Egyptian Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali denies that Mursi sent the letter and says it is a fake.
It is widely assumed that one of these accounts is a lie, and there is much debate about who is telling the truth. However, this reporter has learned that both statements are true.
In fact, it was only after much deliberation and consultation with his closest advisors, and under great pressure from the U.S. and its allies, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, that Dr. Mursi did not write or send the alleged letter. The letter then appeared miraculously in the hands of Mr. Peres without ever having been composed, written or sent, although the precise location of its materialization is still uncertain.
This is known as the Immaculate Reception, and since the document was produced on virgin paper, it has been called the Virgin Memorandum. Hopefully, this information will resolve and set to rest further speculation about this matter.
Dr. Mursi’s administration has made it clear that it opposes Zionism while recognizing Israel, will abide by all its treaties and agreements with Israel while supporting the Palestinian right to resist, and seeks to maintain peace with Israel, preferably based on justice, if possible. Similarly, the government represented by Mr. Peres respects international law while deciding what types of ethnic cleansing are legal, and has refrained from possessing nuclear weapons while maintaining the possibility of developing them, which by their estimate would require seventeen seconds. The Virgin Memorandum is therefore in conformity with the standards of diplomacy of both countries.