Israeli Member of the Knesset and former Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer expressed his sadness and resentment at how things have turned out for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, describing the day of his trial as "painful".
Ben-Eliezer said in a media statement that Mubarak "was one of the leaders who was able to maintain stability in the Middle East. He was entirely committed to the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel," and he persistently tried to bridge the gap between the two sides, the Israeli MK said.
He described Mubarak as a "patriot" and a successful leader for whom Israeli and Arab leaders are sad.
Ben-Eliezer, who described himself as a close friend of Mubarak, said that "the Middle East after Mubarak will be completely different."