Egypt

Hamas in overtures to Egypt

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 23, 2016

Hamas appears to be trying to rebuild its ties with Egypt. Following meetings between senior leaders of the Gaza terror group and Egyptian officials last week, Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk said they had "opened a new page and dialogue among friends". The Egyptian media reported, however, that the meetings had failed.

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Israel-Egypt ties under pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

Israel is trying to prevent a vote at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) annual conference next week on subjecting the country's nuclear facilities to international inspection.

The Egyptian-led motion could create serious problems for Israel's longstanding policy on "nuclear opacity".

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Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.

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Is anti-jihad Sisi the Arab Churchill?

By Michael Goldfarb, March 5, 2015

It is the great security challenge of our time: fighting radical Islam and the soldiers of jihad. The latest Arab politician to take it on is Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi. In recent weeks, Mr el-Sisi has been here, there and everywhere making Egypt the most visible Arab country fighting back against jihadism.

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Rafah, the story nobody wants to tell

By Robert Philpot, February 19, 2015

In a bid to snuff out terrorism, more than 2,200 families on the Gaza Strip border are being forcibly evicted, with hundreds of homes bulldozed and bombed to ensure the creation of an ever-increasing "buffer-zone".

Warning that the action flouted "international and national law", Amnesty International's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, talked of "shoc

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Egypt offers West Bank peacekeepers

November 27, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has expressed a willingness to send Egyptian peacekeeping troops to a future Palestinian state to prevent attacks on Israel.

In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of a visit to Italy and France this week, Mr Sissi said: "We need to guarantee the security of Israelis, but, at the same time, we must give back hope to the Palestin

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Egyptian president offers peacekeeping force 'for Palestinian state'

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has expressed a willingness to send Egyptian troops to a future Palestinian state to prevent attacks on Israel.

Mr Sissi was speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of a visit this week to Italy and France.

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Iraq jihad is Zionist plot, say Sunnis

By John R Bradley, September 11, 2014

If all other arguments fail, blame the Jews. That was the message this week from Egypt's top religious figure, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar.

Declaring the Islamic State "criminals", he justified attacks against them because they are part of a "Zionist plot" to undermine "Arab unity".

The Western media conveniently chose to ignore this idiocy.

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Egypt is the key player in any peace deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The Gaza conflict is playing out against a much wider regional power-play that could be changing the balance in the Middle East.

A struggle is going on for influence between Egypt, aligned with Saudi Arabia and most of the other Gulf States, and, on the other side, Qatar and Turkey.

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EU's €24m Gaza monitor does no monitoring

July 4, 2014

The most inactive European Union body in the Middle East is hiring.

By its own admission, EUBAM has not done its specified job for seven years: it is in charge of supervising a border - the crossing between Gaza and Egypt - that has been closed almost every day since June 2007.

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