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Netanyahu voices hope for return to calm in Tunisia

Israel Materials 16 January 2011 17:56
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed hope Sunday that "quiet and security" will return to Tunisia and said Israel could draw a "clear lesson" from the instability in the Mideast region, dpa reported.
Netanyahu voices hope for return to calm in Tunisia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed hope Sunday that "quiet and security" will return to Tunisia and said Israel could draw a "clear lesson" from the instability in the Mideast region, dpa reported.

Commenting on the turmoil in Lebanon and events in Lebanon - where the Shiite Hezbollah have pulled out of the Beirut government - Netanyahu said "the region in which we live is unstable."

Saying Israel was following Tunisian developments very closely, he said "we hope that stability will be restored ... that there will be quiet and security."

Netanyahu drew a parallel between the developments and the peace process with the Palestinians.

"If there is one conclusion, one clear lesson that arises from all we see around us, it is that we need to lay the foundations of security in any agreement that we make," he said.

His comments came after several thousand leftist-oriented Israelis, some waving Palestinian flags, on Saturday evening demonstrated against Netanyahu's right-oriented government.

Their anger was particularly directed against a recent bill approved by parliament allowing investigation of the financial sources for Israeli human rights organisations. The bill, presented by ultra-rightist Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermann, endangered the country's democracy, the protesters charged.

According to local media reports, Netanyahu is considering using the bill in order to examine the financial sources of rightist groups in Israel.

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