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Israel seeks 'firewall on negative forces outside Egypt'


Israel's deputy Foreign Minister has said that his country is seeking "a firewall on negative forces outside Egypt" following that country's revolution.

Speaking on today's programme, Danny Ayalon said that he applauded what the Egyptian people have been striving for. But he cautioned on outside influences on Egypt, especially from Tehran.

And he called on the Palestinians "to come with good faith to the negotiating table where everything is on the table: no conditions."

The BBC's middle east editor Jeremy Bowen said that Israel was concerned at the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, who was "pretty much a partner in the blockade of Gaza". And he explained that, despite recent events in Egypt and Algeria, the region was "still full of smouldering dangers".

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