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Israeli PM Netanyahu plays down fears of 'collision with Egypt'

June 26, 2012 - Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has played down fears that his country was on a collision course with Egypt, and said that he expects future cooperation with new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

"We expect to work together with the new administration on the basis of our peace treaty," Netanyahu said.

"I believe that peace is important to Israel. I believe that peace is important to Egypt. I believe that peace is a vital interest for both countries," he added.

According to The Telegraph, Netanyahu's remarks were contrary to Israeli press and several former ministers, one of whom suggested the country should be 'prepared for war'.

Israeli media reflected the concern across parts of the Middle East about the rise of the Brotherhood that contrasted sharply with Sunday night's scenes of triumph in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

'Darkness in Egypt,' read the headline in Yediot Aharonot, the country's best-selling paper, the report said.

The same tone was reflected in interviews with former officials.

"We must seek dialogue with the Islamists, and at the same time be prepared for war," said Benjamin Ben Eliezer, a former defence minister.


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