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'Egypt revolution also against Israel'
Tue Feb 8, 2011 5:29AM
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Former Arab League Chief Clovis Maksoud says the Egyptian revolution against President Hosni Mubarak's regime is also an uprising against Israel.


"The Egypt revolution is against Israel too,” Maksoud said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

He further pointed out that this rebellion is also against Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

"A part of this revolution is going to project a new foreign policy whereby Egypt retrieves its historical role of being a deterrent function against (the) Israelis' expansions, aggressions, settlements and racism,” he went on to say.

“That is why the foreign policy of the United States on the strategic power in the region is attacked by the revolution,” he noted.

According to Maksoud, what Washington wants is that “this revolution will not reverse many of the factors that have served the strategic influence of the United States and Israel.”

Commenting on some recent leaks revealing that Israel prefers Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman as Mubarak's successor, Maksoud said, “Israel cannot decide who should come after Mubarak.”

Stressing the importance of holding a free presidential election in troubled Egypt, he argued that Suleiman will definitely not be considered as a viable candidate in a free election.

Suleiman was appointed as second-in-command on January 29 amid a revolution in crisis-hit Egypt and mounting popular calls for the ouster of pro-Western Mubarak.

Anti-US sentiments among Egyptian protesters have been on the rise, with Washington seen responsible for Mubarak's three-decade grip on power.

More than 300 people are estimated to have been killed and thousands injured since the revolution began in the North African country two weeks ago.

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