source with links to that nation's intelligence services on events in the area.
The Israeli prime minister's words were widely interpreted as support for President Hosni Murakak, for three decades faithful defender of peace with Israel, rather than a reference to the tidal changes overtaking Egypt and potentially other authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.
1. Mubarak may not return the favor. If he believes he can survive the raging popular demand for his removal by throwing Egypt's peace treaty with Israel to the winds, he will not think twice. He will dump Israel just as the United States dumped him when the streets of Egypt filled with protesters.
2. Is Netanyahu counting on the sustainability of Israel's close military and intelligence ties with new Vice President? Apparently, he is - in which case he is backing Suleiman to come out on top of the standoff between Mubarak, the army and the protesters.
3. Any assistance the Netanyahu government may render the Mubarak regime – like opening the 1979 peace treaty to let troops into Sinai – is wasted as far as helping to stabilize the situation in Egypt is concerned. It may be used as dangerous precedent in the hands of a still unknown future regime.
So what did the Israeli prime minister have to gain by being almost the only world leader to take a stand against the popular uprising in Egypt and putting the Muslim faction in the limelight?