Egypt

What’s next for the Mossad menagerie — Secret Squirrel?

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2013

International paranoia over Israeli spy tactics reached new heights this week when Turkish authorities detained a kestrel, believing it to be part of an elaborate surveillance operation.

Locals in eastern Turkey found the bird and passed it over to the authorities, who took it to Fırat University to be X-rayed.

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Iron Dome deployed near Eilat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Israel has deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system by the Red Sea port of Eilat.

The IDF said that the deployment of the missile protection batteries was “in response to the changing security situation in Egypt”.

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US to deliver four F16 fighters to Egypt

By Ellis Bolle, July 12, 2013

Officials in Washington have announced that the US will deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the next few weeks.

The donation suggests that the Obama administration accepts the authority of the Egyptian military and the interim government, despite the US’s initial reluctance to show support for the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.

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Hamas casualty of Egypt turmoil

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

Hope for political stability in Egypt any time soon faded on Monday morning as news of the mass-killing of Muslim Brotherhood supporters outside the Republican Guard headquarters in eastern Cairo began filtering through.

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Political Islam has taken a hit, but the anti-Morsi crowd will not stay united

By Uzi Rabi, July 11, 2013

Last week, before the bloodshed outside the military base where deposed president Mohamed Morsi was said to be held, millions of Egyptians had gone into the streets to demonstrate against the Muslim Brotherhood.

The mass protest has been dubbed “a second revolution”, following that which toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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Hamas facing crisis after Egypt coup

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2013

A leading Middle East expert has said that “Hamas is in dire straits” after the Egyptian military removed Muslim Brotherhood Prime Minister Mohammed Morsi from power.

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Morsi gone — what next for Egypt?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

The Israeli military does not believe that the coup against Mohamed Morsi will significantly change relations with Israel.

Under the former president, Egypt had a good record of fighting terrorism and had closed many of the tunnels into Gaza. It is expected that will continue with the military now in charge.

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Morsi’s hidden purge of the judges

By John R Bradley, May 2, 2013

The decision this week of Egypt’s Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi, to convene a “conference” in response to outrage among the country’s judges at a proposed reduction of their compulsory retirement age, from 70 to 60, is being presented as a victory for the latter group of greedy geriatrics and a humiliating climbdown on the part of the former.

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Deep within Cairo’s old city lies the key to the collapse of Egyptian Jewry

By Alastair Beach, April 19, 2013

inside the ancient warrens of Cairo’s old city, and not far from the great walls erected by the medieval Fatimid dynasty, lies Haret el-Yahud — the Jewish Alley.

The neighbourhood was long ago drained of its Jewish character but it is linked to one anomalous fact of great historical significance.

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Hamas’s ‘moderate’ face in council elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The Hamas Shura council re-elected Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Monday for a fourth term as head of the Islamic movement’s political bureau.

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