Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's surprise
shake-up of Egypt's military, notably his sending Defence Minister
Hussein Tantawi into retirement, is unlikely to harm security
cooperation between Cairo and Israel, high-ranking Israeli officials
told the Ma'ariv daily Monday.
The unnamed officials said that new Egyptian Defence Minister Abdul-Fatah al-Sessi has met in the past with senior Israeli officials who visited Egypt.
However, other sources quoted in the mass-circulation Israeli daily said the dismissal Sunday of Tantawi, was "not good news for Israel."
Tantawi had enjoyed relatively warm relations with Israeli security officials, they said, and now an unclear trial period would begin.
An Israel political official, quoted in the rival Yediot Aharanot daily, said it was still too soon to analyse the effects of the Egyptian shake-up, and the implications it would have for Israel.
But the the daily's analyst, Alex Fishman, wrote that Morsi's move "could have ramifications on the quality and nature of the relationship between the Israeli political-security establishment and the Egyptian establishment."
He predicted that on a tactical level, in the Sinai peninsula, where the two countries have a shared interest in cracking down on Islamist militants, "the ties are likely to continue."
But "they will become chillier" he added.
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