2011-02-08 16:20:00

Israeli prime minister fears Islamist and Iranian scenario for Egypt

Moscow, February 8, Interfax - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks that Egypt may follow the Iranian scenario.

"There could be liberal and democratic reforms in Egypt. The second possibility is that Islamists take advantage of the turmoil and seize control of the country," Netanyahu said at the closing ceremony of the European Friends of Israel (EFI) Second Policy Conference in Jerusalem on Monday.

The third option is for "Egypt to follow Iran's example," he said. Iranian authorities simply foiled street protests after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection which opponents said was rigged. "There were no talks, the people were simply killed on the streets," Netanyahu said.

The Israeli prime minister also stressed that Israel is interested in "preserving the peace that has existed for three decades" and "and brought stability to the region."

EFI unites of 1,000 members of the national parliaments of European Union countries and Israel, as well as members of the European parliament.

The three-day conference in Jerusalem which is attended by over 400 delegates from 37 European countries, including 27 EU countries, opened on Saturday with a speech by Israeli President Shimon Peres.