Saturday, January 29, 2011

Israel: Netanyahu offers no comment while Obama urges restraint

PM Netanyahu: Israel will monitor but not comment on Egypt protests

"A senior official in Jerusalem said, "Israel is in no way interested in involving itself in Egypt's affairs, and therefore we have received clear instructions to keep a low profile in the Egyptian matter."

"The American government has adopted a different strategy, with President Barak Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs all discussing Egypt's current chaotic predicament in televised addresses Friday.

"In his speech Friday evening, President Obama called on the government and protesters to resolve the current situation peacefully on both sides. He implored the Egyptian government to lift the ban it has placed on the internet and allow civilians to resume their use of social media outlets to promote their cause.

"President Obama pledged America's support, stating "Surely, there will be difficult days to come, but the United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful.""

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