PM Netanyahu: Israel will monitor but not comment on Egypt protests
The Foreign Ministry is conducting status updates on Egypt every couple of hours and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been maintaining close contact with Israel's ambassador to Egypt.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israel Foreign Ministry announced Friday that they are keeping close track of the volatile situation in neighboring Egypt, but are refraining from taking a political stance.
The Foreign Ministry is conducting status updates on Egypt every couple of hours and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been keeping abreast on the protests while maintaining close contact with Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon.
At this stage, Israeli diplomatic families will remain in Cairo until further notice.
The prime minister's office has issued strict guidelines to all ministers and government officials not to comment on the current situation in Egypt.
A senior official in Jerusalem said, "Israel is in no way interested in involving itself in Egypt's affairs, and therefore we have received clear instructions to keep a low profile in the Egyptian matter."
The American government has adopted a different strategy, with President Barak Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs all discussing Egypt's current chaotic predicament in televised addresses Friday.
In his speech Friday evening, President Obama called on the government and protesters to resolve the current situation peacefully on both sides. He implored the Egyptian government to lift the ban it has placed on the internet and allow civilians to resume their use of social media outlets to promote their cause.
President Obama pledged America's support, stating "Surely, there will be difficult days to come, but the United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful."