Netanyahu. Ministers ordered to keep quiet
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PM: Peace with Egypt must continue

Netanyahu tells cabinet he is working to maintain stability in region on backdrop of violent uprising. 'We are closely monitoring the situation,' he says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel was "closely monitoring" the violent protests in Egypt and the government changes the popular uprising forced on President Hosni Mubarak.


"I spoke yesterday with (US) President Obama, (US Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton, the defense minister, the foreign minister and all intelligence officials," the prime minister said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.


"Our efforts center on maintaining the stability in our region. Our peace with Egypt has continued for more than three decades and it is our goal to ensure that these relations will continue with any possible development in Egypt."


Protestors in Cairo, Sunday morning (Photo: AP)


Netanyahu instructed his ministers to avoid commenting on the matter due to its sensitivity. "At this time we must practice the maximal restraint and discretion," he said.


He addressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's expected visit on Monday, along with her cabinet ministers. "We are talking about one of the most important countries in the continent, and during the visit we will naturally discuss the recent developments in the region."


Former Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Ynet on Saturday evening that "there is no alternative for Mubarak." Ben-Eliezer, who is considered the Israeli with the closet ties to President Mubarak, said "this is a serious situation, although the Egyptian leadership foresaw it and was prepared for it."



פרסום ראשון: 01.30.11, 11:07
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