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Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak

Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime.
By Barak Ravid

Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of President Hosni Mubarak to preserve stability in the region.

Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime. The diplomatic measures came after statements in Western capitals implying that the United States and European Union supported Mubarak's ouster.
mubarak - AP - January 31 2011

Mubarak, left, and Suleiman, center, seen on Egyptian state TV.
Photo by: AP

Israeli officials are keeping a low profile on the events in Egypt, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even ordering cabinet members to avoid commenting publicly on the issue.

Senior Israeli officials, however, said that on Saturday night the Foreign Ministry issued a directive to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries. The ambassadors were told to stress to their host countries the importance of Egypt's stability. In a special cable, they were told to get this word out as soon as possible.

EU foreign ministers are to discuss the situation in Egypt at a special session today in Brussels, after which they are expected to issue a statement echoing those issued in recent days by U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Obama called on Mubarak to take "concrete steps" toward democratic reforms and to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters, sentiments echoed in a statement Saturday night by the leaders of Britain, France and Germany.

"The Americans and the Europeans are being pulled along by public opinion and aren't considering their genuine interests," one senior Israeli official said. "Even if they are critical of Mubarak they have to make their friends feel that they're not alone. Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mubarak, and this will have very serious implications."

Netanyahu announced at Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting that the security cabinet will convene Monday to discuss the situation in Egypt.

"The peace between Israel and Egypt has lasted for more than three decades and our objective is to ensure that these relations will continue to exist," Netanyahu told his ministers. "We are closely monitoring events in Egypt and the region and are making efforts to preserve its security and stability."

The Foreign Ministry has called on Israelis currently in Egypt to consider returning home and for those planning to visit the country to reconsider. It is telling Israelis who have decided to remain in Egypt to obey government directives.


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  • Can't say I blame them really, Mubarak's government is the only relatively friendly regime they have in that region since Lebanon is pretty much under Hezbollah's jackboot.

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    • He is forgetting Jordan but even so his point is valid and it also may apply on Jordan even if things might be bit more stable there.

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  • No one could stop the Iranian revolution and I think Egypt will be the same.

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    • Lol, seems to me the iranian goverment was pretty effective in stopping their revolution. Ahmejhinidad is still in power last time I checked.

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    • Unfortunately so. And remember that Iranian revolution started as student riots and islamists took over later. And after Islamists got the controll everyone who was talking about democracy was condemning it as anti-islamic thing or died very soon.

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  • Dudes - he wants to keep Mubarik because the alternative will be 1000X worse.

    RADICAL ISLAM

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    • Just imagine how much people like Clinton must hate the Israel Lobby.

      Privately a lot of the Americans will be far more positive about all this than they're willing to say

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    • And just imagine how many people, especially Americans, hate Clinton and her failed policies.

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    • Everybody's for it here, right and left...its a no-brainer, but with risks as with everything.

      Seems some corrupted elements of your society are hell-bent on portraying the worst case scenario risks as a def cert.

      However this is exactly what Bush said he wanted, he must be pleased to some extent.

      A US journo friend of mine in London told me she reckons much of the US Govt will be privately very pleased with this, but the Israel Lobby is going purple in the face

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  • THIS IS HIDEOUS, SHAMEFUL, AND I'M AFRAID TO SAY, A DISGRACE TO THE MIDDLE-EASTERN MOVE TOWARDS 'DEMOCRACY'. THEY PISS ON THE MEMORIES OF LOVED-ONES, IN THEIR BLINKERED SICHOPHONTIC BLOWJOB TOWARDS ISRAEL... WORDS ESCAPE ME....
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  • Probably there wouldn't be Islamic terrorism to worry about if it weren't for Israel. Seems to me it all started when Jews occupied Palestine.

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    • Seems to me that you havent got a clue......there was no Israel when Mohamed preached terrorism.

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    • Unbelievable.........Sheesh....

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    • WRONG.
      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1444377/posts

      Islamic terrorism is a long practiced tradition.
      And by the way, who do you think they would come after if there were no jews? Christians. Because the crusades did nothing for the relationship.

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  • they must be shittin' great big Muslim bricks.

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  • Israel gets pissed off when other nations interfere with their 'internal' issues.
    Now, Israel wants 85 million people to live under a dictator because it doesn't feel safe about the alternative.

    Well, tough titties Israel. Learn to live with the realities on the ground. You're the master at creating them...



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  • Bibi is right once again.......the only other alternative to Mubarak is the Islamic extremists, the Muslim Brotherhood.....who probably started alot of these riots to start with.
    And dont trust Al Baradei,,,,,the brotherhood has already said they back him because like themselves, they are aligned and back the extremist Ayatollahs of Iran.

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    • Is that the only opposition people think is in Egypt? The Muslim Brotherhood? Fox news was crying SOOO hard about this earlier. Chickens are coming home to roost. No matter who they are.

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    • Yes, ultimately, the muslim brotherhood are the most likely to take control jihadi boy.
      Who is the other opposition?
      Tell me, if you are so pro Islamic extremism, then why you living in a democratic western country?

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    • im not "pro islamic extremism". but i am an anti fascist, and anti zi0n1$t. Mubarak has got to go. plain and simple. The news stations,being the bootlickers they are, will try everything to stop what's happening in Egypt by claiming that the "radical muslims will take over". well. If they do? Tough nuggets. Deal with it. If TMB does take over it should be a sign that we need to stop aiding corrupt monarchs and despots. And we should stop military aid to EVERY country. Even th More..

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    • Hopefully the whole benefit of a popular revolution and democracy in the ME, ist to break the bi-polar status quo of proxy dicatorship and Islamic extremism

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    • Well said, in the end the people of Egypt should decide their fate, for better or for worst. Foreign aid should be on the top of the list of things being discussed right now, hopefully it will be eliminated to the whole area. It says a lot about us when we aid dictators and tyrants, time to go back to our principles.

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  • I dont blame em. 1 Iran is bad. but a fucking confederacy of Irans. well shit its all said and done by that point.

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  • Cmon Egypt, get your shit together.

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  • in the end america will have the final say in how things go down.

    if america doesn't like it than it won't happen. than they wonder why other countries hate them

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  • I have so much respect for every jewish mate on this earth, borther and sister, but your governement is so wacked up. Shalom

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  • If Egypt is taken over by Islamic extremists the chances of a major regional war become a near certainty.

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  • Ofcourse Israel wants Moubarak to stay, HE IS A PUPPET!
    He listens very well, but if the people get in power Israel will have a very hard time. Let alone when the Islamic Brotherhood wins elections.

    I hope that this revolution will spread to every Islamic/Arab country so that Islam will come back with the Caliphate as its state adn a Caliph as its just ruler.

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    • He doesn't listen well.... he worked for the benefit of his people. Despite their cries for democracy, and some economic pains that the entire world is feeling... Mubarak decided Israel was a better ally than enemy, and thus buried the hatchet. And that's why Egyptian people have some of the highest standards of living in any Arab nation.

      Don't always say cooperation = subjugation.

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    • Your caliphate and a pluralist democracy (the people getting into power) would be mutually exclusive (once you got through the democracy paradox phase, that is), and even if this present wave broke over the entire Muslim world I don't think this caliphate of yours would be possible without decades of ethnic and sectarian violence.

      I have to say it's refreshing to read such an honest comment from a Muslim who doesn't feel the need to use false flags or resort to disingenuous, manipulative or d More..

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    • You know how easy to reestablish the Caliphate is?

      Take control of Medina and Mecca and consequently the hajj(the most important thing to be a Caliph is to hav control over the Hajj), let the people appoint the Caliph(will be the Mahdi) and let people give allegiance to him and the rest of the Muslim world will join within days.

      In a matter of weeks the whole world of Islam will be under control of the Caliph. Except Israel, but that's where the big battle will be.

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