Ben-Eliezer: Mubarak regime, peace will endure

“I have no doubt that the situation in Egypt is under control, our relations with Egypt are strategic and intimate,” Labor MK tells 'Post.'

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 28, 2011 01:07
1 minute read.
Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-El

ben eliezer writing 311. (photo credit: Eli Neeman)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

“I have no doubt that the situation in Egypt is under control,” Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

“The intelligence services, which are sophisticated, expected this after what happened in a different situation in Tunisia. [Mubarak] is allowing people to let off steam. He hasn’t used police. It’s all under control. I believe in complete faith that it won’t be a problem.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Ben-Eliezer, a former defense minister, is considered the Israeli politician closest to Mubarak.

RELATED:
Gallery: 6 killed, 1000s arrested in Egypt protests
3 killed in Egyptian protests against Mubarak

What would it mean for Israel if Mubarak would fall?

“Our relations with Egypt are strategic and intimate. Both of our leaderships have an interest in quiet and peace even if it is a quiet peace. The peace of Egypt has passed many tests of survival and many crises, and today it is just as much an Egyptian interest as it is ours,” Ben-Eliezer said.

Is our peace treaty with Egypt in jeopardy in the post- Mubarak era?



“There is no doubt that Mubarak is Sadat’s successor. Anyone who comes after him will be tested to see if he has the same strategy. It’s sensitive and fragile. If Mubarak prepares properly and ensures the army backs his successor, the peace will continue.”

Is Mohamed ElBaradei a serious threat to Mubarak and is he a problem for Israel?

“I won’t say he is not serious. But there is no leadership to the anti-Mubarak camp. If he goes with the opposition, it means endorsing the Islamic rhetoric. We have an interest in the Mubarak regime continuing.”

Are the chances of Mubarak’s son Gamal taking over harmed by the rioting?

“Hosni Mubarak’s power comes from the army just like he does.

Gamal continues in his path and he is a brilliant guy. His future depends on how his father prepares the army to support him.”

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN