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Netanyahu welcomes Egypt treaty pledge

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Netanyahu welcomes Egypt treaty pledge


Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed a pledge by Egypt’s military council to honour its peace treaty with Israel.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak spoke to the Commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces Mohammed Hussein Tantawi on the telephone yesterday.

At the first meeting of the Israeli cabinet since Friday’s tumultuous events in Egypt, Netanyahu confirmed Tantawi pledged to respect all Egypt’s international treaties.

But some are predicting a more testy and uncomfortable relationship in the years ahead as Egypt undergoes a political transition.

Israel also has a new head of its armed forces.

Major-General Benny Gantz takes over at a turbulent time in the region.

As well as Egypt, he has Lebanon, Gaza and Iran to contend with.

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