Jan 31 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he fears Egypt could end up with a radical Islamic regime like Iran. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's worried that the uprising in Egypt may open the doors to radicalism.
SOUNDBITE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying (Hebrew):
"What could develop, and which has developed already in several countries, including in Iran itself - repressive regimes of radical Islam, which certainly repress human rights and totally crush them, don't permit any democracy, any freedom, any rights. They also pose a terrible threat to peace and stability to the interests of all civilized people. That is the fear, of all of us, my fear, and I think that is a fear that unites many others."
Netanyahu -- in a meeting with German Chancellor Angel Merkel who defended the West's reaction to the protests -- said he he is paying close attention to developments out of Cairo.
SOUNDBITE:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying (Hebrew):
We are all following with vigilance, with worry and hope that indeed the peace will be preserved. Stability and security are important, they are intertwined."
Egypt is Israel's closest ally in the Arab world. A change in leadership could threaten their 1979 peace treaty, and introduce new uncertainty to the already tense region.
Deborah Gembara, Reuters.
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