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Israel closely watches Egyptian unrest

Israel closely watches Egyptian unrest
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In Israel, the authorities are keeping a close eye on events in neighbouring Egypt. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said that Israel must exercise restraint. “Our efforts are meant to continue and preserve security and stability in the region. I remind you that the peace between Israel and Egypt has lasted for more than three decades. Our goal is to ensure that this relationship continues.”

Meanwhile, Egypt has closed the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza and there is no word on when it might be re-opened. Egypt was the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel, more than 30 years ago, in 1979.

The appointment of Omar Suleiman as the Egyptian Vice President is reassuring for Israel as he has a reputation for attempting to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas. But with the streets in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria still crowded with demonstrators demanding the Egyptian president’s resignation, concerns about the region’s stability are very real.