Israel wants 'stable' Mubarak in Egypt

Israeli media revealed the government fears Mubarak will fall after growing protests and be replaced Brotherhood leaders.

Israel wants 'stable' Mubarak in Egypt

Israeli media revealed the government fears Mubarak will fall after growing protests and be replaced Brotherhood leaders, who will conduct more Arab and Muslim-oriented policy in the region.

"Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of President Hosni Mubarak "to preserve stability" in the region, an Israeli newspaper said on Monday.

The diplomatic moves came after the United States and European Union called for reforms from Mubarak.

According to Hareetz Daily, on Saturday night Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a directive to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries.

The ambassadors were told to stress to their host countries the "importance of Egypt's stability", the report said. "In a special cable, they were told to get this word out as soon as possible."

Israeli officials have remained largely silent about the situation in Egypt, but have made clear that preserving the historic 1979 peace agreement with the biggest Arab nation is a paramount interest.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday, "we are following with vigilance the events in Egypt and in our region ... at this time we must show responsibility and restraint and maximum consideration," in his first public response since the protests began.

Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a treaty with Israel, in 1979, and which paved the way for a treaty with Jordan in 1994, despite the fact that Israel has still occupying Palestinian territories. Mubarak has served as an intermediary between Israel and the Palestinians.

Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a former defence minister who has met Mubarak frequently, said he was saddened by the prospect of his removal, calling him "our most important man in the Middle East". He said Mubarak seemed fine in a weekend telephone chat.

Shaul Mofaz, another former defence chief who chairs an important parliamentary panel on security, said a main Israeli concern was the possibility that instability could bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

EU foreign ministers are to discuss the situation in Egypt at a special session on Monday in Brussels, after which they are expected to issue a statement echoing those issued in recent days by U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


Agencies

 

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