Egyptian presidential candidate and former Arab League secretary general Amr Mussa
Egyptian presidential candidate and former Arab League secretary general Amr Mussa speaks during a conference in Dubai on December 6. This year's Arab Spring uprisings should effect the whole region, including Israel, Amr Mussa, the former secretary general of the Arab League and a candidate for the Egyptian presidency, said Friday. © Marwan Naamani - AFP/File
Egyptian presidential candidate and former Arab League secretary general Amr Mussa
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Last updated: December 9, 2011

Arab leader: After Arab Spring, Israel should change too

This year's Arab Spring uprisings should effect the whole region, including Israel, Amr Mussa, the former secretary general of the Arab League and a candidate for the Egyptian presidency, said Friday.

"We are seeing a historic and serious change," Mussa said at the World Policy Conference in Austria's capital. "Israel should change too."

Mussa, who headed the Arab League from 2001 to 2011, said the Arab world has changed forever and recent events had created a "new regional order."

"Change has taken place from Mauritania to countries in the Gulf and no country will emerge unchanged," he said.

"Even in Syria and Yemen, it's just a matter of time."

Since the start of the year, the Arab Spring uprisings have led to the collapse of three authoritarian regimes -- in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

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