Israelis are gravely concerned that the events in Egypt, and the public U.S. response, will leave them alone to face consequences of the violent political upheaval rocking the first signatory to a peace treaty with the Jewish state, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday.
Huckabee, who traveled to Israel this week to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials, told Van Susteren: “Their attitude here on the streets of Israel, in the newspapers of Israel, and in many quarters of government, is that Israel believes that if something happens to them, they are completely on their own.”
Egypt has been one of Israel's closest regional allies and the first country in the area to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state; there is widespread fear the end of a President Hosni Mubarak-led government will shatter that agreement, Huckabee said.
Huckabee recently warned that backing the protesters could lead to an Islamist government in Egypt that would threaten Israel and the rest of the region. Israelis do understand Mubarak’s social and economic policies have fueled public backlash, but in turn are uncomfortable with the message the U.S. reaction is sending, he said.
“The United States' deafening silence toward not even acknowledging any role that he [Mubarak] may have played in a peaceful border, between Egypt and Israel, is what's of great concern,” Huckabee said.
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