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Arab spring is an "opportunity" for stability: Clinton


After a stint in Egypt, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, spoke today in Jerusalem to the Arab spring as an "opportunity" for peace and democracy in the region.


Clinton acknowledged that the movement emerged last year in several Arab countries generated uncertainty to Israel, but also highlighted the opportunities presented by the process.


"It's an opportunity to advance their shared goals of security, stability, peace and democracy, along with prosperity for millions of inhabitants of this region," said the chief U.S. diplomat, who arrived in Israel for the first time in the past two years.


In the Clinton program are planned for the president, Shimon Peres, Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman. Also expected to also hold a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in the West Bank.


Peres took the visit of Clinton to claim the new Egyptian leaders to respect the peace agreement signed between the two countries 33 years ago and, according to Israeli President "saved hundreds of thousands of lives."


Israel has noted reluctantly came to power in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood, for fear that could change the peace treaty signed between the two countries over three decades. Peres reiterated again on Monday Israel's respect to the results of recent elections in Egypt.


The meeting between Clinton and Peres also discussed the Iranian nuclear issue.


"There is a global agreement that Iran, not the Iranian people but the government, with a nuclear bomb is a danger to anyone," said Peres.


Clinton, who during the weekend visited Egypt, was greeted with protests on Sunday night in the city of Alexandria. The demonstrators threw tomatoes, shoes and water bottles on the convoy he was traveling and shouted "Monica, Monica," referring to the adventure that kept her husband, former President Bill Clinton, with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

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