When the death of ex-President Hosni Mubarak was announced, Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas were the first to react. They welcomed a leader committed to “peace” with Israel and the “freedom” of the Palestinians.
The first reactions to the death of ex-President Hosni Mubarak came from neighboring countries.
According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he was a leader working for “peace” and “security”.
“On behalf of the citizens of Israel and on behalf of the Israeli government, I would like to express my deep regret for the disappearance of President Hosni Mubarak. President Mubarak, my personal friend, was a leader who led his people to peace and to security, peace with Israel, “said the head of the Israeli government on Tuesday 25 February.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 84, also paid tribute to Hosni Mubarak, whose death he learned of “with great sadness”. He “paid tribute to the ex-president’s commitment to the Palestinian cause and to the Palestinian people so that they realize their rights to freedom and independence,” said a statement issued by his office.
Hosni Mubarak, who died Tuesday at the age of 91, succeeded in 1981 President Anouar al-Sadat, who made Egypt the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, before Jordan who did so in 1994. Until his fall in 2011, he had maintained this peace agreement with the Hebrew State throughout his reign and maintained relations with a number of Israeli leaders.
Among the first reactions to his disappearance, the current Egyptian presidency also published a statement expressing condolences to the family of the former autocrat, presented as one of the “heroes of the war of October 1973 (Editor’s note: against Israel) “, during which he led the air force.
The Egyptian presidency also announced three days of national mourning starting Wednesday. According to Egyptian media, a military funeral in his honor will be held on the same day.