Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of President Hosni Mubarak to preserve stability in the region.

Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime. The diplomatic measures came after statements in Western capitals implying that the United States and European Union supported Mubarak's ouster.

It seems to our thinking that the Israeli government might have expressed only one part of its fear—if not stopped in Egypt, the political turbulence could spread to Jordon and Saudi Arabia. The other part of its fear, a fear that fails to be dissolved by its own fantastic appearance, the fear that what's happening in Egypt, and began in Tunisia, and is rattling Yemen, could spread even to Israel—this part is not expressed.