Netanyahu ‘fears anti-Israel trend’ in Egypt 17Apr11 April 18, 2011

Ma’an News Agency -  17 April 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is worried by apparently anti-Israeli statements made by Egyptian politicians in recent weeks, Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

Addressing European Union envoys last week, Netanyahu said he was “very concerned over some of the voices we’ve been hearing from Egypt recently,” the newspaper said.

“I’m especially concerned over the current Egyptian foreign minister’s statements,” he added, referring to Egypt’s top diplomat Nabil Al-Arabi, who many in Israel consider to be hostile to the state.

The report did not specify which statements Netanyahu was referring to.

According to the newspaper, Netanyahu’s remarks reflect the fears of several senior foreign ministry officials following statements made by high-ranking Egyptian officials at a demonstration outside Israel’s Cairo embassy and its consulate in Alexandria.

Egypt’s ruling military council, which took control after former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11 following weeks of protests, had pledged to uphold Cairo’s historic peace treaty with Israel.

But Egypt has said in recent weeks that it plans to reassess its gas deals with several nations, including Israel, with reports suggesting Cairo could seek to raise prices.

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