Israeli PM: Peace with Egypt is mutual interest

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Posted: Nov 24, 2011 8:50 AM
Israeli PM: Peace with Egypt is mutual interest

With unrest rocking Egypt ahead of elections, Israel's prime minister says it is critical for the two neighbors to keep the peace.

Israeli officials fear that Islamists could make big gains in the election and might try to annul the 1979 peace accord, the first between Israel and an Arab state. Voting begins next week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a news conference on Thursday that "Israel and Egypt have an interest to preserve peace and stability in the Middle East."

Egypt's military rulers said Thursday the elections would not be delayed, despite anti-government protests that have left nearly 40 people dead in recent days.

Netanyahu says "nothing would be better for prosperity, for security, for peace" than having democratic neighbors.