Top US officials have stressed Washington’s ‘unshakable commitment’ to Israel’s security, as the revolution in Egypt is going to omit Tel Aviv’s key regional ally.
US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the White House on Wednesday.
“They stressed the United States’ unshakable commitment to Israel’s security, including through our continued support for Israel’s military, and the unprecedented security cooperation between our two governments,” the White House announced in a statement.
The latest developments in Egypt, talks with the Palestinian Authority, Iran’s nuclear activities and other regional issues were discussed at the meeting, Xinhua reported.
“They agreed that the US and Israel would continue to consult closely on common challenges and issues across our shared agenda,” the statement added.
More than two weeks into the popular revolution in Egypt, anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments are high among the protesters who hold Washington responsible for President Hosni Mubarak’s 3-decade grip on power.
Israel favors Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman to be Mubarak’s successor, leaked US diplomatic cables say.
The former head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate was appointed the second-in-command on January 29 amid a revolution in troubled Egypt and mounting popular calls for the ouster of the pro-Western Mubarak.
Suleiman is accused of playing a key role in the controversial CIA rendition program, under which people would be snatched from different countries without legal proceedings and be subjected to harsh interrogations.
According to the United Nations, the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Egypt has claimed the lives of more than 300 people since protests began on January 25 in the North African country.