Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Wednesday released a statement urging the international community to take steps to ensure that whoever emerges as Egypt’s next ruler will honor Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel.
Netanyahu gave a slight nod to those who insist current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is a repressive dictator and must go, but cautioned that in this region, such revolutionary action is typically exploited by far more nefarious characters.
“Israel…supports the advance of liberal and democratic values in the Middle East,” read Netanyahu’s statement. “But if extremist forces are allowed to exploit democratic processes to come to power to advance anti-democratic goals – as has happened in Iran and elsewhere – the outcome will be bad for peace and bad for democracy.”
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the forerunner of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, has been taking an increasingly visible role in the demonstrations, and was even seen leading large groups of protestors in daily Islamic prayers on the streets of Cairo.
The Muslim Brotherhood has previously vowed that if it ever came to power, one of its first actions would be to annul the treaty with Israel and return Egypt to a state of war with the Jewish state.