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Published by Benjamin Kelsen
Statement by PM Netanyahu Following the Events in Cairo
Statement by PM Netanyahu Following the Events in Cairo

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חר'ןלפק3,הירקה,םילשורי91919,לט:02-6705465,סקפ:02-5669245
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דרשמהלשממה שאר
 
THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE
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10.09.2011
 
Statement by PM Netanyahu Following the Events in Cairo
 Early this morning, at about 5:00 a.m., a complex rescue operation was safely completed tofree the staff of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. From inside the Situation Room at the ForeignMinistry, I worked alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense, the Headof the Shabak, the Head of the Mossad, the IDF Chief of Staff and all of their staffs. Oneoverriding mission laid before us – to secure the welfare and safety of Israel’s emmisaries. We worked together in a responsible manner to ensure that this situation would end in the bestpossible manner.Immediately at the beginning of the incident, I ordered that all the Embassy staff and theirfamilies in Cairo be put on a plane and returned to Israel. At the same time we workedtogether with Egypt and the American government to assure that our remaining staff at theEmbassy would be rescued without harm.I would like to express my gratitude to the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Iasked for his help. This was a decisive and fateful moment. He said, “I will do everything Ican.” And so he did. He used every considerable means and influence of the United States tohelp us. We owe him a special measure of gratitude. This attests to the strong alliance betweenIsrael and the United States. This alliance between Israel and the United States is especially important in these times of political storms and upheavals in the Middle East.I wish to cite also the intervention of the Egyptian Commandos which prevented a tragedy. We maintained direct channels of communication throughout the night with the Egyptiangovernment. It was clear to all that the defense of an Embassy, and particularly the IsraeliEmbassy, is the obligation of any sovereign state.I therefore also appreciate the words of the Egyptian Information Minister who condemnedthe attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Many world leaders and Arab leaders joined him inthis sentiment. I attach great importance to this.Israel will continue to adhere to the peace treaty with Egypt. We are working together with theEgyptian government to quickly return our Ambassador to Cairo. I wish to make sure that thenecessary security arrangements for him and for our entire staff will be effective and will assuretheir necessary safety. At the same time, our diplomatic delegate in Cairo will continue torepresent Israel until the Ambassador’s return.During this long night, we were required to make many difficult decisions. I would like toshare with you one conversation from this night. On the line was Yonatan, the security officerof the Embassy. He and his men, six in number, were trapped in the Embassy building. Themob entered the building and entered the office. Only one door separated between the mob

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