Egypt

Is this Egypt’s Israel moment?

By Lawrence Joffe, February 4, 2011

"It's 1938", Benjamin Netanyahu is fond of intoning. The idea being that Iran is the new Germany, Ahmadinejad the new Hitler. But maybe events in the Middle East are more like 1958, when military officers overthrew the discredited Hashemite monarchy in Iraq; Egypt and Syria fused into a new pan-Arab entity, the United Arab Republic (UAR); Muslim nationalists threatened the fragile status quo of Lebanon; and nationalists demanded that the young King Hussein be toppled.

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Hamas rushes police to Egyptian border

By Moeen Shamir, February 3, 2011

The news of the imminent demise of Egypt's government has prompted Hamas to rush dozens of policemen to Gaza's southern border.

In the border town of Rafah, tunnel owners said their business had declined since the unrest erupted in Egypt one week ago. "Smuggling is still going on, but it is very slow. Most of the goods are stuck on the Egyptian side of Rafah," said Abu al-Baraa, an owner of one of the tunnels.

Residents in the town said Hamas and Egyptian security forces were manning the border in large numbers to prevent any people - particularly extremists - from crossing over.

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One by one, dominoes fall across Middle East

By Nathan Jeffay, February 3, 2011

The Middle East unrest puts paid to the logic that what's bad for your enemy is good for you.

Between Jordan and the Mediterranean there are three governments which all have contempt for each other, but all of which, for different and sometimes contradictory reasons, view the latest developments with discomfort.

When the citizens of Tunisia took to the streets in December, analysts were talking of a possible domino effect across the region. Now there can be little doubt that this is happening.

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Egypt protests: start of a new Middle East?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 3, 2011

The hundreds of thousands of protesters crowding Tahrir Square this week seemed to have little idea of what they wanted to happen next.

"We must have multi-party elections and then all Egyptians can decide what they want to happen," said Sayyed Nasri, a civil engineer from Cairo's Giza neighbourhood, who had come to the square every morning to join the call for democracy and the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

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Israel trembles as Egypt quakes

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 3, 2011

There is no single emotion that defines a revolution. Across Cairo, 30 years of autocracy are pouring out in streams of tears and screams of joy.

But the hope, fear and uncertainty coursing through the Egyptian uprising is shaking Israel.

Peace with Egypt under President Hosni Mubarak has been, according to one defence official, "Israel's second biggest strategic asset after the United States".

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No smiles from Mr Mubarak

By Simon Rocker, February 3, 2011

Former Sky News presenter Vivien Creegor recalls hosting an event to raise the profile of Gamal Mubarak, son of President Hosni and long thought his preferred successor to rule the Arab republic.

Ms Creegor has chaired international conferences and was introduced to Gamal through his mother Suzanne. Mubarak junior was scheduled to do a question and answer session with the foreign press in Cairo's main sports stadium.

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Israelis arrested in Cairo as Egypt protests continue

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

Four Israelis are among the rising number of journalists who have been arrested during the violent anti-government demonstrations in Egypt.

They were detained for allegedly violating the curfew in place and entering Cairo without the appropriate work visas.

A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Israel was working on the case. He added: "We call on all Israeli reporters arriving in Cairo to remain alert, act responsibility and honour the place's rules.”

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Cautious support for Egypt protests from Israel's Peres and Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to the anti-government protesters to maintain Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel if they succeed in overthrowing the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

The Israeli Prime Minister expressed his support for democratic reform in Egypt as demonstrations in the Arab country continued for an eighth consecutive day.

Mr Netanyahu offered cautious backing to the protesters with a statement in which he said he encouraged “the advancement of free and democratic values in the Middle East”.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II dismisses Prime Minister

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

The King of Jordan has dismissed his government and named a new Prime Minister, as anti-government protests continue around the Arab world.

King Abdullah II has asked his new Prime Minister, Marouf Al Bakhit, to move the country along the path to democracy.

He has replaced Samir Rifai in the role, but it does not necessarily represent a break with the past – Mr Al Bakhit was Prime Minister from 2005 to 2007.

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Egyptian opposition leader accused of being Iranian stooge

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

A leading figure in world Jewry has labelled the Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei “a stooge” of the Iranian regime.

Malcolm Honlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, accused Mr ElBaradei of fronting for Iran and “distorting reports” during his 12 years as director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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