BBC NEWS | Middle East | Anger as Egypt sheikh meets Peres
Egypt's top Muslim cleric is under pressure to resign from politicians and newspapers for shaking the hand of Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Criticism has been steadily growing since the newspapers began running a photograph of the Sheikh Mohammad Sayyid Tantawi greeting Mr Peres.
The two met at the United Nations sponsored interfaith conference in New York in November.
Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab states to have made peace with Israel.
But the bitter reaction to Sheikh Tantawi's greeting of Mr Peres showed just how deep the resentment felt by many in Egypt towards its neighbour goes.
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