Israel tells West: Don't Criticize Mubarak

Published: January 31st 2011
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Egyptian President Hosni Mumbarak

Israel appealed to America and Europe to rein in their condemnations on Egyptian President Mubarak in an attempt to convince them that it is in their interest to have a stable Egypt.


"The Americans and the Europeans are being pulled along by public opinion and aren't considering their genuine interests. Even if they are critical of Mubarak they have to make their friends feel that they're not alone. Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mubarak, and this will have very serious implications," a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.


Obama told Mubarak to head towards democratic reforms and to make sure not to harm non-violent protesters. Britain, France and Germany issued a similar statement on Saturday.


EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the situation in Egypt and they are believed to release a statement similar to the U.S.


Tomorrow Israel’s security cabinet will meet to discuss the situation in Egypt.


So far, however, Israel has refrained from commenting on recent events in Egypt. Haaretz reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered his ministers to remain publicly mum on the issue.


It is likely in Israel's interest to have Mubarak in power. The Egyptian president before Mubarak signed the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, which Mubarack continued. That peace treaty could be in jeopardy should Mubarak fall.


"The peace between Israel and Egypt has lasted for more than three decades and our objective is to ensure that these relations will continue to exist," Netanyahu told his ministers. "We are closely monitoring events in Egypt and the region and are making efforts to preserve its security and stability," reports Haaretz.

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