Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, on Tuesday appointed Mohamed ElBaradei as the country’s
interim vice president. ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the former head
of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has been accused of exhibiting an overly lenient attitude about Iran’s nuclear program as well as anti-Israel bias.
Click photo to download. Caption: Mohamed ElBaradei. Credit: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons.
“For many years he was very comfortable for the
Iranians, and without this softness I don’t think the Iranians would be where
they are today [regarding their nuclear program],” former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Itamar Rabinovich told Israel Radio, according to the Jerusalem Post .
After Syria’s nuclear plant was attacked in
2007, ElBaradei insisted on publicly censuring Israel as the orchestrator of
the attack and accused the Jewish state of taking “the law into their own hands.” The
Israeli Foreign Ministry released a statement calling on ElBaradei, then the IAEA
director-general, “to prevent political bias in the investigation into Syria’s
covert nuclear activities.”
In 2011, when ElBaradei announced intentions to
run for the Egyptian presidency, he said Egypt “would declare war against the
Zionist regime” if the IDF attacked Gaza, according to Yedioth Achronoth.