Israel hopes for the best for Arab world

2011-02-14 11:40

Jerusalem – Israel’s prime minister says an “earthquake” is under way in the Arab world, but he “hopes for the best”.

In a reference to unrest throughout the region, including the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak by popular protests, Benjamin Netanyahu said today that Israel hoped to strengthen its existing peace agreements and sign new ones, but remained “prepared for any possibility”.

Israel and Egypt signed a peace agreement in 1979. The accord has been a lynchpin of regional stability for three decades.

After forcing Mubarak to step down, Egypt’s ruling military council said over the weekend that it would honour the accord, easing jitters in Israel.

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