mubarek, brutal dictator of the egyptian people that the us pays to be friends with israel, goes to tell bibi to knock it off. that's what we pay him for. - ed.
CAIRO - Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak called on Israel to halt "all settlement activity" and warned of the dangers it posed in occupied Jerusalem, in talks with hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Cairo on Sunday.
Mubarak "called on Israel to stop all settlement activity, including 'natural growth' settlements," presidential spokesman Suleiman Awad said amid renewed US-driven efforts to kick-start the stalled Middle East peace process.
The president "also urged (Israel) to stop attempts to judaise Jerusalem, warning of the dangerous consequences to peace efforts and highlighting the sensitivity of the Jerusalem issue to the Arab and Islamic worlds," Awad said.
Netanyahu met Mubarak over "iftar," the meal ending the dawn-to-dusk fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that was also attended by Egypt's intelligence supremo Omar Suleiman, before returning to occupied Jerusalem.
His brief visit came amid a renewed diplomatic push for peace as US Middle East envoy George Mitchell visited Israel.