JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister says his country's 3-decade-old peace agreement with Egypt must be preserved.
It's Benjamin Netanyahu's first public statement on the political turmoil affecting Israel's neighbor and ally. The Israeli leader says his "objective is to ensure that these ties be preserved."
Israeli officials have been publicly silent as protests in Egypt have destabilized the autocratic regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Crowds calling for Mubarak's resignation have clashed with police and torched government buildings.
Israel signed a peace agreement with Mubarak's predecessor in 1979. Before that, the two countries had fought four wars in three decades.
Ties have been cool but stable, allowing Israel to scale back its armed forces.
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JERUSALEM (AP) — A Gaza Palestinian border official says Egypt has closed its border with the Hamas-ruled territory amid the raging turmoil in Egypt.
Ghazi Hamad says he expects the closure to last several days.
The border terminal at Rafah had been rescheduled to open Sunday after a routine, two-day weekend closure. About 400 to 600 Palestinians cross through the terminal daily for medical treatment, study and family visits.
Gaza reports also said three Palestinians who were imprisoned in Egypt had escaped during the upheaval and had returned to the coastal territory through smuggling tunnels.
Hamas officials say group leaders have postponed a trip through Egypt to Syria, where they were to discuss a new proposal to free a long-held Israeli soldier.