Egypt

Saudi: oddest ally Israel ever had

By John R Bradley, July 14, 2011

At first glance, the consequences for Israel do not look good six months after the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.

This week, an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to the country was bombed for the fourth time, while hundreds of Tunisians rallied in response to a rumour that the interim regime there was planning to normalise ties with the Jewish state.

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Egyptian 'spy' arrest ratchets up tension

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2011

The arrest in Cairo of a student of dual American and Israeli citizenship on charges of spying for Mossad is another sign of the increasingly tense relationship between Israel and Egypt.

Israel has officially denied that Ilan Grapel, a native of Queens in New York, was in any sort of contact with its intelligence agencies.

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Security fears as Egypt opens Gaza crossing

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Israel has described Egypt's decision to reopen its border with Gaza as "problematic".

The Rafah crossing, which has been closed by Egypt for the majority of the time since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, will be now be open between 9am and 9pm except on Fridays and holidays.

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Protesters, police clash outside Israel's embassy in Cairo

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The Egyptian authorities fired live ammunition and tear gas at groups of anti-Israel protesters after they gathered at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on Sunday.

Officials said the protesters attacked police and threw rocks at them, and at least 185 people were arrested.

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Bloody protests on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has pledged that Israel will remain determined to defend its borders and sovereignty after clashes on its northern borders left several Arab protesters dead.

At least two Syrians were believed to have been killed and many more soldiers and protesters left injured on the Syrian border after thousands of demonstrators attempted to push across into Israel's Golan Heights.

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Brace for trouble. The EU peace initiative is about to kick off

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, April 7, 2011

This spring of 2011 does not appear to be the best moment for a new peace initiative. After all, peace talks have not been seriously conducted for two years now.

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Concern for Israel as new Egypt emerges

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

Clouds are continuing to gather over Israel's relations with Egypt following the fall of the Mubarak regime.

On Sunday, in an interview with Egyptian state television, Foreign Minister Nabil Al-Arabi said that while Egypt remains committed to the peace accords it signed with Israel, they did not mean that the two countries should have warm relations.

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Former MI6 boss: Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorists at heart'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

The former head of the MI6 has described the Muslim Brotherhood as being "at heart, a terrorist organisation".

Speaking at a conference on British-Israeli diplomatic relations at Chatham House, Sir Richard Dearlove also said that Hamas and Hizbollah were "Iranian surrogates".

He warned that it was necessary to "do everything you can to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear".

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Five years in jail for Cairo synagogue bomber

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

A man who attempted to blow up a Cairo synagogue has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Gamal Hussein tried to bomb the Shaar Hashamayim synagogue, a historic building in downtown Cairo.

In February 2010 he threw a suitcase full of explosives across from a hotel room, but the plan failed when the suitcase caught fire but fell short of the synagogue itself.

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The Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to win out

By Nathalie Tocci, March 10, 2011

The revolts sweeping the Middle East have shaken long-held truths about the region. True, Middle Eastern regimes had been remarkably resilient, remoulding their neo-authoritarian practices to the prerogatives of a globalised world. True also, despite its liberal rhetoric, the West sustained these regimes, viewing them as the lesser evil in a region supposedly plagued by religious extremism.

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