The Israeli Cabinet met on Tuesday (29 September) for two hours to consider the developments in Arab states following President's death.
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Background: The Israeli Cabinet met on Tuesday (29 September) for two hours to consider the developments in Arab states following President's death.
No statement was issued after it about the sudden turn of events in Cairo, and Israeli reaction since has been limited.
First official Israeli reaction came from Minister without Portfolio Israel Galili, who said his country was still prepared to seek peace.
Mr Galili recalled that in 1952 the then Israeli Premier, Mr David Ben Gurion, had welcomed the Egyptian revolutionary regime, which included Nasser, and hoped there would be new relations between Israel and Egypt.
Mr Ben Gurion said on Israel radio on Tuesday(29 Sept) that President Nasser had been "....the most able leader in the Arab world."
He also said he thought there would be no major changes in the Arab would now that he was dead. "It all depends on Russia," said Mr Ben Gurion, "and I believe Russia wants peace".
Israel's Deputy Premier Yigal Allon was reported as saying he had no doubts that President Nasser had wanted Israel's destruction.
"He was perhaps the most dangerous of our enemies, since Egypt is the biggest and strongest of the Arab countries, and he was a talented and able leader, " said Mr Allon.
Mr Eban said in New York that he thought there might well be a struggle for power in Egypt now that Nasser was gone. He said there was question whether the vacuum would be filled by a single leader.