Jerusalem, Sept. 10 – World leaders roundly condemned Friday’s attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
An anti-Israel mob entered the building late in the day when only half a dozen guards were on duty inside. The guards were eventually rescued by Egyptian forces.
All of the embassy staff and their families are now safely home in Israel, apart from one official who is dealing with vital issues in Cairo.
“Israel will continue to honor its peace treaty with Egypt,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a news conference on Saturday night.
The incident ended in the best possible way for all the Israeli Embassy staff, he said. He also praised the Egyptian commandoes who “prevented a disaster.”
“President (Barack Obama) expressed his great concern about the situation at the Embassy, and the security of the Israelis serving there. He reviewed the steps that the U.S. is taking at all levels to help resolve the situation without further violence, and to call on the Government of Egypt to honor its international obligations to safeguard the security of the Israeli Embassy,” read a statement from the White House on a call from Obama to Netanyahu.
Other leaders also denounced the actions of the Egyptian mob.
“I strongly condemn the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. We have urged the Egyptian authorities to meet their responsibilities under the Vienna Convention to protect diplomatic property and personnel, including the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. They have reassured us that they take these very seriously,” United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday.
“The Egyptian authorities have previously said that they will uphold Egypt’s international agreements including its peace treaty with Israel. We welcome this and look to Egypt to honour this commitment. We urge both countries to work together to resolve current tensions and enhance regional stability,” he added.
The embassy offices were reportedly ransacked by the horde with confidential papers among those strewn on the floor.
Egypt has promised to try those involved in the break in. One Egyptian report suggested several Egyptian government ministers including the premier were considering resigningas a result of the breach.
The Israel Project reaches out to Egyptians and others in the Arab World in its People-to-People Peace Program. The organization’s Facebook page in Arabic has received more than 15-million page views – over than half of them from Egypt.