The news of the upcoming release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came as no surprise to his good friend Knesset Member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. Ben-Eliezer said that Egyptians have missed the deposed ruler: "I think the discharge was to be expected. We've been hearing a longing for Mubarak from the people of Egypt for a long time. These are the sounds of the Egyptian street," he said in an interview to Ynet.
Wednesday, Egypt's High Court ruled that there is no longer liable cause to hold Mubarak under arrest. It may be that Mubarak, who was sentenced to life in prison, will be released as early as Thursday. Egypt's prosecuters have already announced they have no intention to appeal.
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"I have no doubt that amid what is happening in Egypt, Mubarak's contribution to the country will become even more meaningful," Ben-Eliezer said. The MK said that Egypt had a chance to see what happened in the period of deposed President Mohamed Morsi's short reign: "Egypt has turned from an army dictatorship to an Islamist dictatorship," he said. "It's enough to look at the awful event where 25 soldiers were executed in Sinai to understand the horrible internal struggle happening in Egypt, which is fighting for its place and status in the world."
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