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Israel hopes Mubarak resignation won't affect bilateral peace accord

Israel says its to early to foresee what will happen in relations with Egypt; Hamas calls on new Egyptian leadership to lift Gaza blockade immediately.

Published 11.02.11

Israel hopes the resignation on Friday of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will bring no change to its peaceful relations with Cairo, a senior Israeli official said.

"It's too early to foresee how (the resignation) will affect things," the official said. "We hope that the change to democracy in Egypt will happen without violence and that the peace accord will remain."

"We have a tough period ahead of us," Zvi Mazel, a former Israeli ambassador in Egypt, told Israel TV. "Iran and Turkey will consolidate positions against us. Forget about the former Egypt. Now it's a completely new reality, and it won't be easy."

Unlike in Israel, the rest of the Arab world, including in the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip celebrated Mubarak's resignation.

In Israel, there were reports of fireworks going off in Arab villages throughout the northern part of the country.

Palestinians in Gaza let off fireworks and shot into the air to celebrate the resignation of Mubarak, and the Islamist group Hamas called on Egypt's new rulers to change his policies.

"The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is the beginning of the victory of the Egyptian revolution," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

"Such a victory was the result of the sacrifices and the steadfastness of the Egyptian people,"


Gaza residents heard gunfire erupt across the city when news of Mubarak's departure spread, and fireworks lit up the sky.

The tiny coastal enclave of Gaza shares a border with Israel and Egypt. Both countries have imposed strict limitations on the movement of people and goods since Hamas took control of the territory, hampering Gaza's economy.

"We call upon the new Egyptian leadership to take an immediate decision to lift the blockade of Gaza and open Rafah (border) crossing permanently to allow people's free movement and in order for the reconstruction process of Gaza to begin," said Abu Zuhri.

Egypt in 1979 became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel and has backed U.S.-led efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.






http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-hopes-mubarak-resignation-won-t-affect-bilateral-peace-accord-1.342823#article_comments


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Added: Feb-12-2011 
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  • The US, a country founded in a revolution to secure democracy, has a very funny attitude towards the people of other nations who seek the same. But one person's democracy is another howling mob - one hopes that the US will for once accept that Middle Eastern regimes are not there for the sole purpose of propping up Israel in its ongoing feud with the rest of the world.

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  • Jews are terrified by democracy in arab countries because they know the people will vote for leaders that defend their country. Meanwhile in Europe and USA, people vote for leaders who defend Israel against their own interests, that's why democracy work there, people vote are sheeples.

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  • Times are changing for Israel. Maybe now they will have to be a little more careful before slaughtering Palestinian civilians as they did during Cast Lead. This change in Egypt could be a good thing for the 'peace process'. Israel is very scared of democracy in the region - it likes having dictators propped up by the West. Maybe Jordan next?

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  • Don't worry, it'll stand, the US is working its ass off to install a new puppet.It wont allow true democracy.

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    • They know better than to force Israel's hand. We've played nice up until now. If you think Israel doesn't give a shit about what the international community thinks now, just wait until it feels just a tiny bit threatened. Then the gloves come off.

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  • Of COURSE Hamas wants the blockade lifted. They need more arms. And Obama publicly supports the people that overthrew Mubarek. Nice job, Barry.

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  • true democracy there ? are you stupid or brainwashed ? those people had until now only dictators. Do you want to know what will happend next ? war : thats will happend. Overpopulation and lack of resurces combined with the rise of electric cars so lack of demand of oil will make all arabs lose their easy income and also their most important weapon : oil.
    So... what is the future ?
    Israel is better to prepare for a survival war becouse they are usualy the escape goat.

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