(Times of Israel) While Israeli leaders have refrained from commenting on the ousting of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi by the army, political and military sources privately indicated Thursday that they considered the turn of events potentially beneficial to Israel, if also largely unpredictable.

Asked directly about the unrest in Israel’s southern neighboring state earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said blandly in an Italian newspaper interview, “Like everybody, we are watching very carefully what’s happening in Egypt… Remember that for 30 years now we have had an anchor of peace and stability in the Middle East, and that was the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. We hope that peace will be kept.”

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