officials of the conservative-leaning government, who have been more reluctant and suspicious in their approach to the Palestinians, were digging in, saying that the current regional instability increased the risk inherent in making any deals.
Israelis were already anxious about the fate of the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, should the Muslim Brotherhood emerge as the heir of the government of President Hosni Mubarak.
“People here,” said a minister from the Likud Party, which leads the Israeli government, “will feel that there is no point in a peace treaty if after 30 years it can be broken.”
The latest events have shaken Israel. For decades it has benefited from the cooperation of several autocratic leaders in the region, but the current turmoil has proved such governments as inherently unstable. And while Israeli leaders say they support the spread of democracy in the region, they also fear the consequences if it happens too quickly, because anti-Israeli sentiment runs high in the neighboring countries.