Shimon Peres : ‘Mubarak’s contribution to peace won’t be forgotten’


 

Israeli President Shimon Peres warns against the possibility that Muslim Brotherhood would take power in Egypt without addressing the countrys problems (Photo : The Telegraph)

Feb 6 (KATAKAMI.COM / JPOST) — Israels President Shimon Peres said Saturday that Egypts embattled leader, Hosni Mubarak, will always be remembered forpreserving three decades of peace between the two nations.

Israel is deeply worried about the prospect that Mubarak could be forced tostep down by the unprecedented street protests in Egypt and that a lessfriendly government will emerge. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warnedthat any new government must maintain their 1979 peace deal — Israels firstwith an Arab nation.

On Saturday, President Shimon Peres delivered an impassioned defense ofMubarak, crediting him with saving both Arab and Israeli lives by preventingwar in the Middle East.

“His contribution to peace, as far as Im concerned, will never beforgotten,” Peres said in an address to hundreds of visiting members ofthe European Parliament.

During the three decades Mubarak has been in power, he has consistentlyenforced the peace treaty signed by his predecessor, and he has mediatedbetween Israel and the Palestinians.

Peres warned against the possibilitythat Mubaraks ouster would bring the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypts bestorganized opposition movement, to power, saying the fundamentalist group won bring peace.

“Wee very worried about having a change in government or a change in thesystem of elections without introducing a change in the reasons that broughtthis explosion, this bitterness,” Peres said.

He appealed for foreign investment to bring technology, development andopenness to Egypt.  (*)

 

 

 

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