"If the Egyptians ban bikinis, they won't have tourism," said President Shimon Peres on Wednesday following the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power and the nomination of Khairat el-Shater as a presidential candidate in Egypt's elections.
"We offered the Arabs help but they declined, on their own account not ours," Peres added during a joint military tour with IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in the Golan Heights.
Peres predicted that "no external source can save Egypt, it will only be saved from within. The youth will return to the squares, this time with a plan."
He added, "The Egyptian army is protecting itselfâ€¦ We mustn't intervene, degrade or rejoice over what will happen there. We have a good relationship with them and it must be preserved."
During the tour, Peres met with IDF troops and introduced himself as "the responsible adult." Peres went on to praise Gantz for his "integrity and courage."