How UK feared and fawned over Mubarak

By Bernard Josephs, December 29, 2011

A frank Foreign Office assessment of Hosni Mubarak appears in a 1980 document just released by the National Archive.

Mr Mubarak, then Egypt's vice president, is described as a "friendly and cheerful" personality but the Foreign Office warned that his "affable exterior concealed a degree of ruthlessness".

Mr Mubarak was considered by British officials to be the most likely successor to Presi


The Egyptian revolution is dead

By John R Bradley, December 22, 2011

When Israel's new ambassador to Cairo, Yaakov Amitai, arrived in the land of the pharaohs last week, he was not welcomed by an official delegation.


Israel envoy back in Egypt embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, December 12, 2011

The new Israeli ambassador to Egypt has started work in the country three months after his predecessor was forced out during a riot.

After a violent mob stormed the embassy in Cairo in early September, Israeli and Egyptian commandoes carried out an emergency operation to evacuate the embassy and fly the then-ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon and his family to safety.


A pragmatic Islamism? Wait and see

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

The success of Islamist parties in the relatively free general elections held in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt over the past two months has surprised even those who predicted that they would make major gains.

But is this the first sign of a radical movement that will take over in the region, changing the secular character of these countries' governments?

Egypt, where almost two thirds of the vo


As Egypt votes, ties with Israel falter

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

Enthusiasm and optimism were in good supply in Cairo on Monday as people flocked to what one voter in al-Maadi neighbourhood described as "my first chance to really determine my future myself".

"In the past, the polling stations were empty on election day, as we knew that whatever we voted, the results would be the same," said the voter.


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.