Israeli lawmaker backs Suleiman as Egypt leader

AP , Monday 9 Apr 2012

Mubarak's spy chief Omar Suleiman is Israel's preferred candidate for Egypt president, says Israeli lawmaker; a Brotherhood president could threaten Camp David peace deal

Mubarak and Ben-Eliezer
Israel Legislator Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Egypt's former president Mubarak (File photo: AP )

An Israeli lawmaker with close ties to the ousted Egyptian regime says former spy chief Omar Suleiman would be the best president for Egypt in terms of Israeli interests.

Legislator Binyamin Ben-Eliezer says a Muslim Brotherhood leader would threaten Israel's 1979 peace deal with Egypt.

Ben-Eliezer told Army Radio on Monday that former strongman Suleiman views relations with Israel as a strategic "cornerstone."

The 1979 accord is a pillar of stability for both countries.

But Israeli concerns for its future have grown with the rise of Islamist parties in Egypt. The Brotherhood has said it would seek changes, but not cancel the peace deal.

Ben-Eliezer is a longtime friend of toppled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Suleiman announced his candidacy for president last week.

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