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.


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.


Egypt snub is not bad news

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Egypt's new president, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in on Sunday in a ceremony in Cairo. Leaders from across the Middle East were invited except for those of four countries: Syria, Turkey, Qatar and Israel.

Syria's omission was expected; President Bashar Assad is shunned as the leader who is butchering his own people with impunity.


Inevitable win for Al-Sisi in Egypt will boost Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2014


The results of next week’s presidential election in Egypt are in no doubt. Former army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the country’s de-facto ruler since last year’s military coup, is looking at landslide victory.


Government to probe Muslim Brotherhood over terror claims

By Daniel Easterman, April 1, 2014

The government is to launch an immediate investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation in the UK.

It is thought the probe will look into the Brotherhood’s involvement in the killing of three tourists in Egypt in February and its planning of terrorist attacks from Britain.


They stole my story, then I was the story

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2014

The last thing journalist Ben Judah expected when he logged on to Twitter at home in London one evening was to find dozens of death threats from angry Egyptians.

The Jewish writer did not know he had unwittingly become a minor celebrity in the Arab state, thanks to a trail of events leading back to a satirist plagiarising his work.


Letter from Cairo: Funeral for one, but Egypt’s community is long buried

By Rami Conn, March 21, 2014

Last week, the funeral of Nadia Haroun, the deputy head of Egypt’s small Jewish community, was held in downtown Cairo.

In many ways, the event encapsulated the story of a community on the edge of extinction.


Row in Israel over ‘unwanted’ Africans

By Tom Tugend, February 20, 2014

The Israeli government is under attack over its treatment of 50,000 Africans who have entered the country across the porous border with Egypt.


Egyptian Donald Duck turns on Israel

By JC Reporter, February 13, 2014

An Egyptian man has been fired from his role as the voice of the Arabic version of Donald Duck after he called for the destruction of Israel in a tweet.


Egyptians expected to vote in new constitution

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

The result of the constitutional referendum that took place this week in Egypt is not in any doubt: the Egyptians are expected to approve of the constitution by a large majority.

All eyes, however, are on the turnout, levels of violence and the next step of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, widely expected to run for president later this year.