An indication of desperation on Israel's part?
Israel has rallied to the support of President Hosni Mubarak by allowing Egyptian troops into the Sinai peninsula for the first time since a peace deal was signed in 1979.
The concession came as it emerged that Israel had privately urged Western governments to end their criticism of Mr Mubarak as he struggles to quell a popular uprising against him.
Israel, however, has shown fewer qualms about backing Egypt's president of 30 years.
The decision to allow two Egyptian battalions to deploy against protesters in Sinai, which has been demilitarised since Israel’s withdrawal from the territory after the Camp David accords of 1978, is a reflection of Mr Netanyahu’s mounting concern.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to address reports claiming Israel agreed to allow some Egyptian troops enter the Sinai Peninsula on Monday, something which is considered a violation according to the 1979 peace treaty.
Netayahu said: "For the past few decades Egypt has honored the peace treaty and hasn't violated it.
That is something that cannot be said of Israel
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