General Omar Suleiman, who was appointed as the Egyptian vice president a week and a half ago, was Israel’s preferred candidate to replace President Hosni Mubarak after the latter retired, according to American documents released by the WikiLeaks website and published Monday night by British newspaper Telegraph.
Some of the documents were written in 2008, when the president’s son, Gamal Mubarak, was still seen as the person with the highest chances to succeed his father.
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The tight relations between Suleiman and Egyptian officials have been known for years, but the newly revealed documents may embarrass Suleiman in the Arab world while he heads the Mubarak regime’s negotiation talks with the opposition organizations, on the backdrop of anti-government protests in the country.
After Mubarak’s Egypt has been accused of cooperation with Israel against Hamas, the documents present more proof that the Egyptians – led by Suleiman – sought to tighten the blockade imposed on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.