During a meeting with American Jewish officials in Washington on Monday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expressed “surprisingly positive” views about the Israeli leadership, a participant in the meeting told Haaretz.
One official said Mubarak, who is in Washington for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama, had warm words for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and President Shimon Peres.
The Egyptian leader said the current Israeli leadership is committed to moving the peace process forward with the Palestinians.
Jewish officials urged Mubarak to impress upon his fellow Arab leaders the necessity of confidence-building gestures toward Israel prior to a final deal.
“We tried to explain our view that parallel gestures will convince Israel to be more forthcoming,” the official said.