January 30, 2011 / 8:49 AM / 8 years ago

Israel watching Egypt with vigilance -Netanyahu

JERUSALEM, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Israel is watching events in Egypt with vigilance Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday, Israel’s first official comment on the unrest in its neighbour.

Protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s rule have worried Israel, which signed a peace treaty with its largest Arab ally more than 30 years ago, and uncertainty over Egypt’s future has raised fears for the stability in the region.

“We are following with vigilance the events in Egypt and in our region ... at this time we must show responsiblity and restraint,” Netanyahu said, adding that he hoped peaceful ties with Egypt would continue. (editing by Andrew Dobbie) (Jerusalem Newsroom)

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