Israeli killed by terrorists on Egyptian border

By Jessica Elgot, June 18, 2012

An Israeli construction worker has been shot and killed on the Egyptian border, by terrorists crossing from the Sinai peninsula.

Gunmen attacked a convoy of construction workers who were building a security fence, injuring one and killing another, who is believed to be an Israeli-Arab. Two of the terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire as Israeli soldiers arrived.


Frith's large Palestine photos sell for £330,000

By Josh Jackman, June 13, 2012

A copy of the largest book of vast and panoramic photographs of travels through the Middle East ever published was sold at auction on Monday for over £330,000.


Egypt polls give new hope to Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Both the Islamist and democratic camps in Egypt have been dealt a setback when a former air force general and Mubarak loyalist emerged as one of the two candidates who will compete in the second round of presidential elections in two weeks.


Egypt presidential debate: Israel is enemy

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

Both leading candidates in Egypt’s presidential elections, scheduled to take place next week, have said that they will “review” the Camp David peace accords with Israel if elected.


Israel-Egypt peace dubbed a threat by Islamist presidential hopeful

By Jennifer Lipman, May 14, 2012

Israel's peace treaty with Egypt has been described as "a national security threat" by one of the frontrunners for the Arab country's presidency.

Islamist candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh said that the 1979 peace agreement, brokered a year before at Camp David between Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, should be revised.


Will Israel-Egypt relations collapse with gas deal?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 26, 2012

On announcing that it was terminating its contract to supply gas to Israel on Sunday, Egypt's Natural Gas holding company immediately claimed that the decision had been made on a purely commercial basis.

However, the move was pounced upon by the country's presidential candidates as yet another opportunity to burnish their national and anti-Israel credentials.


Inside Sinai, where al-Qaeda roam free

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 19, 2012

For over a hundred miles between the heavily guarded Suez Canal Bridge and the main town in northern Sinai, El Arish, the road is deserted at night. No-one is stopping cars or checking documents at the roadblocks and the guard posts are empty.

Only on the final approach to El Arish can the first signs of a military build-up be seen.


Egyptian Grand Mufti visits Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

A senior Egyptian cleric has made a rare visit to Jerusalem for the opening of a new Islamic centre in the city.

Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, spent two hours in the city and visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray. He was joined on the trip by a Jordanian official representing King Abdullah on religious matters.


Liberals left for dust as Egypt goes Islamist

By John Bradley, April 4, 2012

One cannot but marvel at the deft political manoeuvring of Egypt's Islamists over the past year, as they distanced themselves from violence on the ground against their liberal opponents while orchestrating an action replay of the 1979 Iranian revolution.


Israel watches as Muslim Brotherhood plan for power in Egypt

By Jennifer Lipman, April 2, 2012

Israeli politicians have remained tight-lipped on what it would mean for the country if Egypt were to have a leader from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Despite earlier pledges not to field a candidate for the Egyptian presidency, the Islamist party – banned under the leadership of Hosni Mubarak – has announced that its deputy leader will be seeking the role.