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International Israel support initiative launched

By Leon Symons, July 22, 2010

An unprecedented show of support for Israel has come from a group of almost entirely non-Jewish European and American politicians, statesmen and women and theologians.

Led by former Spanish prime minister José Maria Aznar, they have formed the Friends of Israel Initiative, to oppose the rising tide of criticism and delegitimisation that has questioned Israel's right to exist and act in self-defence.

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Egypt-Israel relations will outlive Mubarak

By Ben Lynfield, July 22, 2010

Rumours that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is dying have caused concern in Israel over the future of the Israeli-Egyptian relationship.

Over the past three decades, Mr Mubarak has gained admirers in Israel for sticking to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty through wars and intifadas. But the "cold peace" does not depend on him personally and is still likely to persist in a post-Mubarak era, analysts say.

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Open verdict for Egyptian Mossad 'spy' death

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2010

A coroner has said there was “no evidence” that an Egyptian businessman accused of being a Mossad spy was murdered by Israel.

Coroner Dr William Dolman at Westminster Coroners' Court ruled that there was insufficient evidence of unlawful killing or suicide for the death of Dr Ashraf Marwan in Britain in 2007.

But, recording an open verdict, Dr Dolman acknowledged that there were still “many unanswered questions”.

Dr Marwan’s widow said she still believed the 62-year-old millionaire, found dead by the fourth-floor balcony of his London home, had been pushed.

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Egyptian 'spy' inquest opens in UK

By Jennifer Lipman, July 15, 2010

An inquest into the death of a suspected Egyptian Mossad spy recorded an open verdict on Thursday at City of Westminster Coroner's Court.

Dr Ashraf Marwan, a close aide of Anwar Sadat before the then Egyptian president was assassinated, was found to have fallen from the balcony of his London home in 2007. He was 62.

Before his death he had been named by several sources both as a Mossad spy and as a double agent for Egypt. It was alleged in 2002 that Dr Marwan had alerted Israel of Egypt and Syria's plans to attack on Yom Kippur of 1973.

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Inquest into alleged Egyptian Mossad man's death

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2010

An inquest into the death of a suspected Egyptian Mossad spy has opened at City of Westminster Coroners ' Court.

Dr Ashraf Marwan, a close aide of Anwar Sadat before the then Egyptian President was assassinated, was found to have fallen from the balcony of his London home in 2007. He was 62.

Before his death he had been named by several sources both as a Mossad spy and as a double agent for Egypt.

An Israeli historian alleged in 2002 that Dr Marwan had alerted Israel of Egypt and Syria’s plans to attack on Yom Kippur of 1973.

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Egyptian paper criticised for Nazi cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2010

A newspaper with close links to Egypt’s government has been slammed by Israel for an “antisemitic” cartoon showing an Israeli flag with a Nazi swastika in the place of the Star of David.

The caricature, in Egyptian daily Al-Watani al-Youm (the National Today) imagines an aid ship headed for Gaza being grabbed by an octopus carrying the vandalised Israeli flag.

Shani Cooper-Zubida, from the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, complained after the cartoon appeared in the paper on June 15.

She said the “comparison between Israel and Nazism” was unacceptable and defamatory.

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Mubarak: Gaza is Israel's responsibility

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

The Egyptian president has accused Israel of trying to avoid its obligations to Gaza.

Addressing Egyptian MPs in Cairo, President Hosni Mubarak said: "Israel is trying to shirk its responsibility to Gaza and throw it at Egypt.”

President Mubarak said Israel was not working towards peace with the Palestinians but was trying to "perpetuate internal Palestinian divisions".

And despite Israel’s announcement that the blockade of Gaza would be largely eased, he said only Egypt was "investing all of [its] efforts” in stopping the restrictions.

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Israel and Egypt: the new allies

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2010

The fallout from the Gaza flotilla and the emergence of Turkey as a clear ally of Iran and Syria and all but an official enemy of Israel, is part of a radically changing balance of power in the region, one that is seeing unprecedented levels of cooperation between Israel and Egypt.

Senior Israeli officials have been saying in recent months that Egypt has been pursuing two seemingly opposite courses in its relationship with Israel.

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America is playing along because of Iran

By Meir Javedanfar, May 6, 2010

Israel should not be unduly concerned about the US–Egyptian plan to start talks about a nuclear-free Middle East.

The US has clearly stated that for now it is "prepared to support practical measures towards the objective of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction". The term "practical measures" in this case means supporting peace in the Middle East, and achieving it first, before the disarmament drive begins.

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Egypt pushes for nuclear-free region

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 6, 2010

Israeli officials have played down reports that the Obama administration will support an Egyptian plan to force Israel to disclose details of its nuclear arsenal and commit to disarmament, as part of its global strategy to reduce nuclear stockpiles.

There has been no confirmation of this from official administration sources and a very senior Israeli official said that "we have received no signal at all from the Americans on this".

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