UPDATE: A spokesman for President Morsi now denies the legitimacy of this letter. Peres' office has declined comment.
Morsi penned the letter in thanks to a Ramadan message Peres sent at the start of the holy Muslim holiday.
In the write up, Morsi stated, “It was with deep thanks that I received your congratulation on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan last weekend.”
He added: “I take this opportunity to reiterate that 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.”
The Ramadan letter was actually Peres’ second correspondence to Morsi, who won Egypt’s first democratic election in May. In his original letter, the Israeli leader congratulated Morsi on his presidency, stressing the importance of the Israeli-Egyptian relationship.
“As a person who participated in the process that led to the establishment of the peace agreement between your country and mine, I know that both Egypt and Israel attach supreme importance to the peace and stability that serve the interests of all peoples in the region,” Peres wrote. “We look forward to continued cooperation with you, based on the peace agreements that were signed more than 30 years ago. It is our duty to preserve and nurture these agreements for the benefit of both our peoples.”
The rise in Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’s political party, has concerned some in regard to the Israeli plight. It is yet unclear how committed the new regime is to the peace treaty established between the two nations in 1979. Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, though a controversial figure, was an ally to the Jewish state and often helped facilitate negotiations between Israel and its adversaries, including Palestine.