Hope and fear as Egypt holds elections

By Anshel Pfeffer in Cairo, November 29, 2011

Enthusiasm and optimism was high on Monday as voters flocked to what one voter in al-Maadi neighborhood describe as "my first chance to really determine my future myself, in the past the voting stations were empty on elections day, as we knew that whatever we voted, the results would be the same."


Israel fears new war as Egypt teeters on brink of anarchy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2011

A former Israeli defence minister has said that the growing chaos in Egypt could lead to an all-out conflict on Israel's southern border.

Knesset member Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, who had close relations with the Mubarak regime, said on Monday that while Israel needed to maintain its co-operative relationship with Egypt, "it's not working now".

"We are willing to co-ordinate everything with them


The signs not good for Israel

By John R Bradley, November 24, 2011

When Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, left Cairo this week after completing his term of service, it was, reportedly, in the absence of an official farewell delegation from his hosts - a contravention of established protocol.


Egypt protesters sceptical as Tantawi promises vote

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2011

Egypt's military leadership has promised to hold presidential elections by June 2012, as thousands of protesters continued to gather in Tahrir Square in opposition to the regime.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Egyptian military council, also said that they could be willing to hold a referendum on transferring power to a civilian leadership.


Arab Spring or Arab fall? Just watch Egypt

By Robin Shepherd, November 3, 2011

It's crunch time for the Arab Spring.


Grapel reunited with family in Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The US student who was held prisoner in Egypt for four months has thanked Israel for securing his release.

Ilan Grapel, a former IDF soldier who has dual Israeli and American citizenship, was detained on allegations that he was spying for Mossad. He was never charged and his family said he was in Cairo because he was working for an NGO.


Grapel flies home to freedom after Israel-Egypt swap

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An American law student who had been held as a Mossad spy in Egypt since June is on his way to freedom.

Ilan Grapel has been released by the Egyptian authorities in return for 25 prisoners who were being held in Israeli jails. He is being flown to Israel in the company of two Israeli Knesset members, who reported that he appeared fine and was smiling.


More joy as Egypt frees 'spy' Grapel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 27, 2011

American-Israeli Ilan Grapel is to be released this weekend from prison in Cairo, four months after being arrested on charges of "spying" for Israel.

Mr Grapel, a student at Emory University in Atlanta, spent several years in Israel and served in the Paratroopers Brigade. He is to be released in exchange for 25 Egyptians held in Israel on smuggling charges.


Arab Spring turns to cruel winter

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 26, 2011

Did you, perchance, notice the Arab Spring? This singular phenomenon, like some deceptively beautiful carnivorous plant, lived but a very short time upon this earth, but then died a violent death, eagerly devouring many of its children in the process.


Deal to free US student held as Egyptian 'spy'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2011

A US student being held as an Israeli spy in Egypt is expected to walk free in the coming days after Israel agreed to a prisoner swap.