Abbas and Netanyahu keep their mouths shut after Mubarak ousted

[ 12/02/2011 – 02:24 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu are still quiet and refuse to issue any statements about the departure of their Arab ally Hosni Mubarak from power.

Abbas’s authority, which had launched a scathing attack on Egyptian protestors in the past few days, preferred to keep silent and not to make remarks on Mubarak’s ouster.

The Fatah-controlled Wafa news agency only published a brief report on the resignation of Mubarak without official comments.

Israel officially announced the closure of its embassy in Cairo until further notice. Israel is now deeply worried that Mubarak’s ouster could lead to the emergence of an Egyptian government less friendly to it.

In another context, Israel Hayom newspaper reported that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Israeli government exchanged recently letters and telegrams to explore avenues for resuming direct peace talks between the two sides.

According to the newspaper, the PA is making concerted efforts under American auspices to hold this week a meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu at the latter’s residence in occupied Jerusalem.

It quoted a senior PA official as saying that these developments came in the wake of the events that broke out in Egypt, especially since Mubarak’s regime was acting like a central bridge of communication between Palestinians and Israelis.

Abbas and Netanyahu keep their mouths shut after Mubarak ousted.

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