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Israel urges allies to curb criticism of Mubarak

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Fears of a power vacuum in Egypt have prompted a stern warning from Israel to its allies to curb criticism of President Hosni Mubarak.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not commented publicly on the crisis, but Haaretz reported Israeli diplomats had urged stability following statements by the US, UK and EU.

Not everyone thinks the possible fall of Mubarak, however, would endanger Israeli Egyptian ties.

Professor Elie Podeh, an expert in Arab-Israeli relations, said: “The peace treaty in general is in the interests of Egypt in general, whatever its regime, because the United States is granting Egypt more than two billion dollars annually in economic and military aid.”

But Israel appears deeply concerned about the events taking place in Egypt, with whom it has shared a peace deal for more than three decades. Like many governments it has also called on all its citizens to leave Egypt country immediately.