Israel Is First to Congratulate Musharraf on Election Win
Although there are some who feel that cheering for Pakistani President Musharraf is only shilling for a dictator, there is one Middle Eastern country that is very happy that Pervez Musharraf won the election on Sunday.
Israel may be the first country to congratulate the Pakistani Leader on his win.
The Daily Times reported:
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday congratulated Gen Pervez Musharraf on his yet unofficial re-election as president of Pakistan.
“Although we do not have formal relations, I would like to convey my best wishes on your election as president of Pakistan for a second term,” Peres wrote in a letter made public on Monday. “You have shown responsibility and strength in preventing the spread of violence and terrorism on many occasions and I carry in my heart your support for peace in the Middle East which I heard directly from you.” Israel and Pakistan, the world’s second-most populous Muslim country, have no official relations.
However, President Pervez Musharraf and the now coma-stricken former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon shook hands on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2005. Two weeks earlier, the foreign ministers from the two countries had met in the first such high-level encounter aimed to help normalise relations. afp
Musharraf is also the first Pakistani leader to meet with the American Jewish Congress and accepted Israeli aid after the devastating earthquakes in 2005. Musharraf also helped push rape law reform in Pakistan.
He may not be the perfect president but Pervez Musharraf has a few fans in Israel, anyway.