Israel wary of Islamic militants in Egypt

2011-02-01 11:01

Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister said on Monday his country's primary concern in Egypt is that the current crisis could create a void in which Islamic militants step in and endanger decades of peaceful relations between the two countries.

Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting German chancellor Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu gave his most detailed assessment yet of the Egyptian unrest that threatens to topple President Hosni Mubarak, Israel's strongest ally in the Arab world.

"In a state of chaos, an organised Islamic group can take over a country. It has happened. It happened in Iran," Netanyahu said. "A takeover of oppressive regimes of extreme Islam violates human rights, grinds them to dust ... and in parallel also pose a terrible danger to peace and stability."

It was Netanyahu's most direct comment about the crisis in Egypt, which has triggered concerns about stability there and elsewhere in the region. Before, Netanyahu said only that he is "anxiously following" the situation, while stressing Israel's commitment to peace with Cairo.

Egypt became the first Arab nation to sign a peace accord with Israel in 1979 and has strictly honoured it. Mubarak has close ties to Israeli leaders and has acted as a bridge between Israel and the Palestinians to the broader Arab world.

Merkel also expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in Egypt. "Dialogue is necessary, freedom of thought is necessary, peaceful treatment of demonstrators is necessary," she said.

Merkel and nine of her Cabinet ministers were in Israel for a special joint session, highlighting the two nations' strong bond six decades after the Holocaust, when Nazi Germany killed 6 million Jews.

Monday's session was the third such annual meeting since the countries signed a special arrangement.

West Bank construction

Netanyahu said that at this time it is important for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume. He noted that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office is just a few miles from his, implying that there is no need for mediators.

The talks broke down just three weeks after President Barack Obama restarted them in September over a dispute concerning construction in Israeli settlements. Netanyahu refused to extend a 10-month freeze on new construction in the West Bank, while the Palestinians demanded a halt to all construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem before talks can resume.

Merkel called on Israel to halt its West Bank settlement construction and pointed to the need to resume the peace negotiations. "The halt is not a sustainable solution," she said at the news conference.

During Merkel's two-day visit, Germany and Israel are set to sign agreements on joint projects including industrial research and development, as well as co-operation in providing aid to developing countries.

Israel and Germany have become close allies following their reconciliation after the Holocaust of World War II. Germany agreed to pay millions of dollars in reparations to Holocaust survivors and aid the newborn Jewish state.

Israeli and German governments plan to hold joint Cabinet sessions once a year in the future. Germany has such arrangements with five other nations.

Germany is Israel's third largest business partner in terms of imports and its eighth largest partner in terms of exports. During 2010, imports to Israel from Germany totalled $3.6bn, while Israeli exports to that country amounted to $1.7bn.

  • Tom - 2011-02-01 11:45

    Why must the Palestinians suffer for the injustices brought upon the Jewish people by Germany.....why are yesterdays victims todays oppressors?

      lmduplessis - 2011-02-02 22:41

      "yesterdays victims todays oppressors?" You're not talking about the ANC there, are you??

      amos - 2011-02-20 18:21

      To lmduplessis No not the ANC its the Zionist Jews as is the accepted truth.

  • bosegoos - 2011-02-01 12:12

    It is scary indeed - the Islamic extremists have shown that they will with their terroristic actions not hesitate to kill innocent civilians.

      Irené - 2011-02-01 13:09

      Hows that different from the US?? and all their cronies? They are responsible for the deaths of millions of INNOCENT civilians in IRAQ and Afghanistan. One mans terrorist is another's liberator. shame that US propaganda has left you convinced that all muslims are extremists and the US are the good guys. Do you also believe the ester bunny will make his rounds soon??

      Ibo - 2011-02-01 13:25

      @bosegoos: How many killed by extremist leaders on Israel Government? Did they went further to make sure that they have nuclear? If yes then what is that nuclear for? Should we talk about the Gaza flotilla only or we should talk about the GAZA genocide2008/9 which prompted the famous UN goldstone report? Come on talk to me.

      Licikityspit - 2011-02-01 13:45

      Actually bosegoos, please do yourself a favour and educate yourself. Isreal is more worried that its great ally (Egypt) will soon be gone and the whole world will see exactly what they are doing (Murdering of innocents, claiming land that never belonged to them, oppressing of thousands). Dont believe the hype my friend.

      GTFO - 2011-02-01 15:02

      IDF doesnt usaully enter debates but when they do they let the big guns do the talking!!

      bosegoos - 2011-02-01 15:08

      Irene, lbo, Licikityspit - remember 9/11 - do I have to say anymore!I never suggested thal ALL Islamic followers are extremists. (lbo, can I recommend a good dentist?)

      Licikityspit - 2011-02-01 15:35

      @ bosegoos 9/11 was a tragedy agreed, but the very people who's view you are taking into account is killing thousands every day, so ask yourself who are the extremist? Also remember after the 911 attacks it was the "civilised World" (USA) who went and killed thousands to prove the existance of Nuclear weapons and did the find any? Like i said educate yourself or at the very least look at both sides of the story

      Ibo - 2011-02-01 16:09

      @bosegoos: Is the hilarious 9/11 mysteries is what you want talk about now? Is this the sign you are going to use to show how bad Muslims are? Don’t you have anything better and more solid than that? After ten long years don’t you have a clear and sound proves on this world tragedy? Please understand that i can’t be trust worthy and smatter than Michael T. Donly, Richard Gage etc. There are over one thousand engineers who don’t believe on what had been told. And here I have to ask you please to respect us and value what you are saying before you say it here. A team of international investigators believes that the official version of the cause of the collapse of the twin towers is falls. And up to now the USA with the best intelligence in the world, with the best spies in the world failed to tell the world who was behind the 9/11, only untaught bigots and ignorant like you keep mentioning those nonsense.

      Ibo - 2011-02-01 17:55

      @bosegoos: lol sorry i never saw your kindness to offers me a dentist, thank you so much for that but my wife force me be like this so none will steal me from her.

      Irené - 2011-02-02 13:50

      @ bosegoos We have never seen any evidence to prove that Bin Laden orchestrated the attack. Plus why did the US then attack Iraq as well? Why did the Bush family fly all bin laden's rich ass family out of the US after the attacks (in private planes?) 9/11 was orchestrated by the US, all the research is pointing to it. Or atleast they knew of an impending attack and did nothing, cause they wanted an excuse to take over oil supplies in the Middle east.

  • Ibo - 2011-02-01 12:24

    I just finish watching a Jewish extremist Mortimer Zukerman talking on BBC hardtalk, he is so arrogant & bias. He wants America to dictate who should lead Egypt and how that should be done. My question is why all of this? Right now Israel is run by extreme rightwing who have the right to tell those killers what they should do in their country and who should lead them? So if none should or do have a right to stop people like those current Israel ministers then why they feel is right for them to dictate someone else? can anyone answer me?

      SaintBruce - 2011-02-01 12:56

      Think about it Ibo - Egypt receives huge aid money from the USA. When you take on big debt you become a slave to the lender ( old Bible proverb)so USA will try to use that leverage to ensure a 'cooperative' person comes to power. If they call in their debt, Egypt will be destroyed economically and the USA have this same hold over Israel whether you like it or not. Money talks - especially in international politics. @ Tom - you don't seem to read the article properly. The building halt was agreed by Israel to allow the Palestinians to engage the Israelis and they chose not to do anything until the time given ended. Then they make a big fuss. Who are they kidding? Angela Merkel simply pointed out that a freeze on building ( to house an ever expanding Israeli population) is not the solution. Everything offered to the Palestinians by Israel to foster peace has been met with violence. So who are they kidding? Afet all this - you wonder why the Israelis are hard headed? Read history.

      Ibo - 2011-02-01 13:16

      @saintbruce: You said many facts though i would like to see the USA use the money talk and force Israel to collaborate on peace, and the way Obama’s peace talk ends didn’t showed that the money talks works or the card was even used. But did you said many offers by Israel to the Palestinians? When was that and what was it? Did you read the latest released documents named “Palestine papers” by Aljazeera? If you did so then what you think? Another question would expect to see some big pressure on America by the Chinese doe to the depts America owe china.

      Zee - 2011-02-10 14:54

      @SaintBruce - no, they once again violated the terms and agreements in the proposed roadmap drawn up by the US. They were explicitly instructed to halt all building of settlements but Netanyahu and his extreme right wing FM Lieberman gave the roadmap the middle finger and continued to build settlements in Palestinian neighbourhoods. They even forcibly remove those that will not give up their homes! And they get the IDF to help them, even beating women and children out of their homes. Plenty first hand evidence on YouTube if you need it.

  • Stylin - 2011-02-01 12:55

    "Israel wary of Islamic takeover in Egypt" Is like saying... "Egypt wary of Jewish takeover in Israel" Oh, but that is the case already. The headline should read "Israel crapping themselves over democratic rule in Egypt"

  • islam4ever - 2011-02-01 14:28

    get real all you western hipocrates out there spouting democratic ideals only when it suits you.If the people of Egypt wants a Islamic government instead of a dictatorship ,expousing democratic values,not nessissarly western concept of democracy,then who are you to trow in your 2 cents.we muslims have had enough of the crap the spews though the western mouths.WAKE UP MUSLIMS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND TROW OFF THESE SHACKLES THAT BIND YOU TO THESE CORRUPT AND MORALLY BANKRUPT WESTERN IDEALS.LONG LIVE EGYPT.LONG LIVE ISLAMIC VALUES

      NotGuilty - 2011-02-01 15:06

      You Muslims are always angry, hate the whole world and shouting all the time. No non-muslims give a fark what you think or say! You guys need to chill!

      StevenD - 2011-02-01 15:28

      Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. ISLAM: Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi

      NotGuilty - 2011-02-01 15:34

      By the way islam4ver, where do you live?

      Wolff - 2011-02-01 15:37

      When you have woken up, take your family and leave SA and go live amongst your fellow muslim brothers in the middle-east.

      TruthSeeka - 2011-02-01 21:57

      WolfBreathe...why dont you go back to your country. What makes you think this country belongs to you. You clearly watch too much CNN and BBC News. Time to get rid of that kaki uniform and try meeting a real living muslim face to face. You will be surprised when you find out how much he doesnt gives a sht about your hate filled comments. Now put that comb back in your socks , get into your toyota landcruiser bakkie , buy some biltong and think hard about how you ended being a certified as%holE

      NodrogBob - 2011-03-11 20:04

      Your god is the devil, the moon god, Satan. Your religion proves through and through by the way you act and your deeds that it's father is the devil!!!

  • Licikityspit - 2011-02-01 15:48

    @ Islamforever, My brother why all the hate? Islam means peace and you are dividing your fellow countryman with hate speech. Its is extremist that give muslims a bad name. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but dont incite violence and hatred. To my fellow News 24 readers do a little research and try and see the story from both sides. The west as my muslim brother is refering to is the lobsided media (CNN = USA)so try and see both sides of the coin

      NotGuilty - 2011-02-01 15:58

      @Licikityspit. Agree with you totally. There are 2 sides to the coin. The USA get away with way too many dodgy things. The problem is that extremism will only give them more excuses to justify their actions..

      amos - 2011-02-20 18:09

      sorry CNN is not USA it is Zionist Jewish its the Zionist Jews that run the worlds greatest terrorist nation the USA.

  • pop101 - 2011-02-01 16:19

    Well, islam4ever, do you represent the Muslim world. How many of the Muslims feel like you do? All of them, 50%, 30%. Because I have never met one. Muslims in SA are...well, they just are part of everyday life. You hardly notice them - meaning they respect me for who I am, and I do the same in return. So, if you don't want to accept this way of living, then you must pack your backs (assuming you stay in SA) and f'off to the Islamic country of your choice.

      TruthSeeka - 2011-02-01 22:07

      How bout you leave popeye. Again..does this country belong to you bigot? Your pyscho bull doesnt work. Do you enjoy Islam Related Articles for some reason. I am here for you. Not to worry. I am sure muslims in SA dont need your two bit approval. How many muslims have you seen attacking articles related to other religions. I dare you to pull some stats from this site. Work out the ratio. When you find out, give me a shout..I will give you exact GPS coordinates to where you can go F$#$k yourself.

      paullouis.louw - 2011-02-02 13:50

      @TruthSeeka You don't seem to have peace my friend, just anger and a foul mouth. Judging others as you go along, not trying to make this world a better place. It sounds like your ego is above our God.

      TruthSeeka - 2011-02-02 15:07

      paullouis.louw I would have believed your typical response if you had also voiced this with other members spewing hatred and using foul language on this post. This pyscho bull getting old.

  • Ibo - 2011-02-01 16:23

    @notguilty: What are you talking about? Who have hatred to the others? Whose so violent? Christians fought WWI & killed millions, fought WWII and killed over 68 million, and you guys still have nuclear bombs maybe keeping for each other; don’t you see this? The destructions of the Africans in South Africa was white Christians doing that to Africans maybe many of them Christians. Un you so violent more than anyone? Why Muslims should not be angry for what you did and keep doing to us & to the human kind? Why you in all of your countries have nuclear but yet don’t want a Muslim have it? Hitler was a Garman and Europeans and he killed 6 million Jews, why the Jews don’t get part of Germany or Europe but you gave them part of Palestine?

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-02 14:14

      he said she said blah blah blah. be as angry as you want, just don't blow up something because of it, ok? It's not nice.

      Cynical_BStd - 2011-02-02 14:21

      Europeans are united and have common undertsanding that is why they and their nations are successful They are also smarter look at who owns all of the biggest organistations in the World - Non-Europeans are divided and the Europeans know how to exploit this - In Middleeast they fuel the divisions by taking advantage of the Arabs egos, in Africa they corrupt cos Africans are easily corrupted - They cant defeat China so they open up trade with them

      kingoftomorr - 2011-02-03 08:11

      Why u talking about Hitler? there are way to many stupid people on here

      Zee - 2011-02-10 15:01

      @kinfoftomorr - I believe what he is trying to say is that why did the British give the Jews Palestinian land after the holocaust and not German land as it was the Nazi's, not the Palestinians, that committed those atrocities. @Ibo - There are good apples and bad apples - we should be differentiating between good and evil, not christian, muslim or jew. There are good people all over the world from all faiths. I have seen them. Let us not blame their faith for the dirty deeds of a few of it's members. That goes for Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

  • lakhan7 - 2011-02-05 12:49

    good article... very informative, i like the style of writing here.

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