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Knesset Member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
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Ben-Eliezer: Israel, Egypt on collision course
Labor MK and close friend of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warns of Muslim Brotherhood's growing influence
Knesset Member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a close friend of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, warned that the latest developments in Egypt indicate that "over time Israel will find itself in a head-on confrontation" with its Arab neighbor.

 

Ben-Eliezer (Labor) told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that Israel "should start preparing for a conflict" with Egypt.

 

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"We are in the midst of an earthquake, and I still can't see it subsiding, definitely not in the near future when elections are on the horizon (in Egypt)," Ben-Eliezer told Yedioth Ahronoth.

 

"Today it is clear that for the first time in history the Muslim Brotherhood will win at least a third (of the seats in parliament). Islamization is taking the place of nationalism," the MK said.

 

According to Ben-Eliezer, "We are in a situation whereby no one can predict how the new Egyptian leadership will look like (following elections).

 

"We must take into account that we may find ourselves in a confrontation with Egypt. We already have a problem in (north) Sinai - which has clearly become terrorist territory – (because we cannot operate freely there) as we do in Gaza," he said.

 

 

 

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