Israel finds Egypt vote result disturbing


Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says the initial result of the Egyptian elections are “very disturbing,” amid fears that the Muslim Brotherhood will end the long-standing peace treaty between the two.

“The process of Islamisation in Arab countries is very worrying,” Israel’s Channel Two television quoted Barak as saying.

In addition, Israel also worries that the MB will seek closer ties with the Palestinian Resistance Movement of Hamas, which controls the besieged Gaza Strip.

The MB is expected to have received 32.5 percent of the votes in the first phase of the elections that was held on Monday and Tuesday.

Full results were meant to be published on Wednesday. However, the results have been withheld by the electoral commission due to differences over key posts in the parliament.

The election for Egypt’s lower house is being held in three phases over six weeks and is the country’s first since the ouster of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February.

Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 following days of secret negotiations at Camp David, US.

Hamas had on Saturday hailed the partial results of the election with Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhum saying, “It is a very good result… it will mean more and more support for Palestinians issues.”

“The relationship of the next regime in Egypt with the Palestinians will be very good,” Barhum said.

Israel shares a long border with Egypt and both have a frontier with the Gaza Strip. For years, with the help of Cairo, Israel has managed to impose a crippling blockade on the Palestinian territory.

Tel Aviv has worried that a regime change in Egypt would spell the end of the Gaza siege.

( / 03.12.2011)

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