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Egyptian Army to Honor Israel Treaty

Israel may be able to breathe a little easier: As U.S. military commander Adm. Mike Mullen heads off for a pep talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Egyptian army said in a statement Saturday that it "is committed to all regional and international obligations and treaties." Israel has been watching the Egyptian revolution with great concern, fearing Mubarak's ouster would produce a new government hostile to the Jewish state and the landmark peace treaty the two countries signed in 1979. Egypt's military commanders also promised "a peaceful transition of power in the framework of a free and democratic system," though they have not yet established a timetable for creating the new democracy.