As long as the military has veto power, the vote is symbolic, but the language of the resolution points to things to come. “Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament votes in support of expelling Israel’s ambassador,” from the Associated Press, March 12:
CAIRO – Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament has unanimously voted in support of the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador in Cairo and for a halt to gas exports to the Jewish state.
The motion is largely symbolic because only the ruling military council can make such decisions, and it is not likely to impact Egypt’s relations with Israel. But the move signals the seismic change in Egypt after the ouster of longtime leader and Israeli ally Hosni Mubarak a year ago.
The Monday vote was taken by a show of hands on a report by the chamber’s Arab affairs committee that declared that Egypt will “never” be a friend, partner or ally of Israel. The report described the Jewish state as the nation’s “number one enemy.”