Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Jewish audience that Egypt’s leaders are committed to maintaining the peace with Israel.
“In every conversation with my Egyptian counterparts, they always reassert – without my asking – that they want to retain the peace with Israel,” Mullen said Tuesday at an event organized in support of the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital, in Washington.
Israeli leaders have been unnerved by the intensity of anti-Israel protests in Cairo in recent weeks and the failure of Egyptian authorities to contain them. Egypt is being run by an interim military government as it heads toward elections after the overthrow earlier this year of the Hosni Mubarak dictatorship.
Mullen, who is due to retire in two weeks, appeared at the event with New York Times columnist David Brooks.