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Egypt VP had good ties with Israel: WikiLeaks

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman had good ties with Israel`s military and the Jewish state would have been happy to see him take over the country, US diplomatic cables claimed.



London: Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman
had good ties with Israel`s military and the Jewish state
would have been happy to see him take over the country, US
diplomatic cables have said.
In a 2008 US diplomatic memo, leaked to the British
newspaper by WikiLeaks, David Hacham, an adviser at the
Israeli ministry of defence (MoD), told US officials the
Israelis expected Suleiman, spelt Soliman in some cables, to
take over.

"Hacham was full of praise for Soliman, however, and
noted that a `hot line` set up between the MoD and Egyptian
General Intelligence Service is now in daily use," the cable
sent from the US embassy in Tel Aviv said.
"Hacham noted that the Israelis believe Soliman is likely
to serve as at least an interim president if Mubarak dies or
is incapacitated.

"We defer to Embassy Cairo for analysis of Egyptian
succession scenarios, but there is no question that Israel is
most comfortable with the prospect of Omar Soliman," the
September 2008 memo cited US diplomats as saying. (AFP)
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