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Britain's Hague warns Israel

Israel should tone down its belligerent language amid the revolutionary tide sweeping the Arab world, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned. UPI/Hugo Philpott
Israel should tone down its "belligerent" language amid the revolutionary tide sweeping the Arab world, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned. UPI/Hugo Philpott | License Photo

LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Israel should tone down its "belligerent" language amid the revolutionary tide sweeping the Arab world, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned.

"This should not be a time for belligerent language," Hague said commenting on recent statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu concerning the situation in Egypt.

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"It's a time to inject greater urgency into the Middle East peace process," Hague said in an interview with The Times of London as he set out for the Middle East.

"Amid the opportunity for countries like Tunisia and Egypt, there is a legitimate fear that the Middle East peace process will lose further momentum and be put to one side, and will be a casualty of uncertainty in the region."

He described Israel's attitude toward the West Bank settlements "disappointing," and warned "within a few years peace may become impossible."

Earlier this week, speaking to a delegation of European lawmakers, Netanyahu warned, "Egyptians can choose a state with secular reforms. However, there is also another possibility, that the Islamists will exploit the situation in order to gain governance over the country and lead it backwards."

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