Jan Mikael (6 Feb 2011)
"A7News: Netanyahu: Regime change in Egypt a Gateway to Iran ???"
Netanyahu: Regime Change in Egypt a Gateway to Iran ???
by Chana Ya'ar PM: Egypt Chaos May Lead to Iran
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday in an address to the
Knesset that a regime change in Egypt could be the harbinger for a new
gateway to Iran.
In the wake of an announcement by President
Hosni Mubarak that after a 30-year reign, he will step down at the end
of his term, Netanyahu noted that the world was abuzz with talk of the
"opportunities" that such a move could bring.
"They spoke about
the promise of a new day," the prime minister commented. "These hopes
are understandable. All those who cherish human liberty, including the
people of Israel, are inspired by genuine calls for reform and by the
possibility that it will take place."
The hope for democracy and
a gradual stable peace process in Israel's southern neighbor, said
Netanyahu, "unites us all." However, he added, "this is not the only
possible scenario. Because far away... is another capital in which
there are hopes" as well, he said pointedly.
"In this capital,
there are leaders who can also see the opportunities that change in
Egypt could bring... But for people in this capital, the promise of a
new day is not in its dawn but in the darkness it can bring. That
capital is Tehran and I assure you, that the leaders in Iran are not
interested in the genuine desires of Egyptians for freedom,
liberalization or reform, any more than they were interested in
answering similar calls for freedom by the Iranian people, their own
people, only 18 months ago."
Netanyahu charged that Iran is
looking forward to Egypt becoming "another Gaza, run by radical forces
that oppose everything that the democratic world stands for."
The question, he said, is which world view will prevail -- that of freedom, progress and peace, or despotism, terrorism and war?
prime minister predicted that it would be "a long while" before one of
the forces achieves victory, and said there may yet be "many years of
He warned that recent history has shown many cases
in which "extreme Islamist elements abused the rules of the democratic
game to gain power and impose anti-democratic regimes. It happened in
Iran; it happened in Lebanon; and it happened when the Hamas took over
the Gaza Strip."
Netanyahu called on Knesset members to "ensure
that this does not happen again," and to "do everything in our power to
ensure that peace triumphs."
'We Can Only Try' for Peace with PA
far as a settlement with the Palestinian Authority, the prime minister
pointed out that many efforts, past and present, have been made towards
trying to establish and re-establish talks with PA Chairman Mahmoud
"There are many skeptics out there," he noted. "They say
Israeli governments and their maximalist positions on concessions do
not coincide with the minimalist positions of the Palestinians. It is
possible, they say, that the gap between Israel and the Palestinians
may be too wide to bridge. They might be right," he added.
if we do not try, we will surely not succeed. And we cannot try until
we sit down, and we cannot sit down if they do not want to."
bottom line, said Netanyahu, is that Israel must maintain its security
by striving for "a stable peace." He added that the country must above
all maintain "watchful eyes that recognize reality."