‘Quake in Arab World’ Puzzles Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cast doubt on the future of the political situation in the Middle East following recent changes in the region.

"An earthquake is rocking the Arab and Muslim world, and we still don’t know how things will end," Ynetnews quoted Netanyahu as saying at a swearing-in ceremony for new chief of staff of the military, Major General Benny Gantz.

The Israeli premier was referring to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Netanyahu also praised the new commander, saying, "You have all the skills to succeed in this important mission."

General Gantz replaced former military chief Gabi Ashkenazi, who is accused of ethical and professional deficiencies and could no longer work with Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The collapse of the Egyptian president has caused Israel to fear losing a key ally, which has cooperated with Tel Aviv in suppressing the Palestinian people.

Egyptian protesters, who gathered in Liberation Square for the 21st consecutive day on Monday, have called on the army to fulfill its promises following its takeover of power.

The ruling military council said it intends to retain power for six months or longer and govern by decree while the presidential election is being scheduled.

This comes while polls have shown that the majority of Egyptians do not want to have relations with Israel and the United States.

(Press TV)

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