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Egypt and Israel after the embassy

Egypt told Israel to allow its ambassador to take a holiday, but it didn't. Then the embassy was attacked, say officials

Dina Ezzat , Monday 12 Sep 2011
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"For Israel, good relations, even in the context of the so called 'cold peace', are a very serious matter; it is much more important than relations with Turkey or the situation in Syria, and for us in Egypt keeping peaceful relations with Israel is essential and there is no doubt about it," said an Egyptian diplomat who asked for his name to be withheld.

He added that the US, the guarantor of the Egypt-Israel peace, is also "very serious about avoiding any rupture in relations between Cairo and Tel Aviv, especially now with so many anti-Israeli sentiments being expressed all over the region".

The tension, however, is not to be underestimated. Israel, according to Western diplomats in Cairo, is complaining a lot about the vibes of animosity that are being increasingly voiced against its limited presence in Cairo.

The consecutive angry demonstrations in front of the Israeli Embassy in Giza, to protest the killing of six Egyptian border guards last month by the Israeli army, who violated Egyptian territorial sovereignty, and the taking down of the Israeli flag twice in less than four weeks is making the government of Binyamin Netanyahu very uncomfortable.

"The Israelis tell us they know that the Egyptian authorities are committed to peace with Israel, but they are not sure how far the public anger could go, and how much it would influence the decisions of the authorities towards Israel," the same diplomat added.

According to identical accounts offered by Egyptian officials and foreign diplomats in Cairo, Egypt had asked Israel before the developments of last Friday to keep the Israeli ambassador in Tel Aviv and to reduce the volume of its staff to the minimum, but Netanyahu insisted on sending the ambassador back only a few days before the latest protest.

"We are not expelling him, but we thought a long holiday for the Israeli ambassador in Egypt would be useful for all of us now; unfortunately, Israel thought otherwise and when anger erupted on Friday evening they had to solicit the intervention of the Americans who sent a plane to carry him and the rest of the staff out of Egypt," said one official.

Today, there is a tacit agreement between Egypt and Israel that the long holiday for the ambassador is in place and there are guarantees offered by Cairo to both Washington and Tel Aviv that stepped up security measures will be in place to prevent another attack on the embassy.

Meanwhile, Egypt is insisting that Israel should proceed faster with its investigation in the killing of Egyptian border guards – despite Israeli hesitation and complaints about the attack on its embassy.

"We are telling the Israelis that the authorities have to tell the public that it did not turn a blind eye to the killing of Egyptian soldiers," the same official added.

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Umish
12-09-2011 05:46pm
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Peace
Just what was the Egyptian government trying to prove.. that lawlessness and abrogation of diplmatic agreements are part and parcial to the new government. This is not the way to gain respect and create influence in the eyes of other legitimate governments. You owe Israel and apology and if there are differences, then do what legitimate governments do, negotiate unless of course the whole point of this riot was to support Ergodan and Iran and create an atmosphere for a new war. But then ask yourselves... who wins in the end? For 30 years peace hot or cold has been benificial to both countries. This allow them to spend money on the benefit of the populations instead of feeding the war industries coffers. War never ends well.
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Jameela
12-09-2011 04:11am
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We Are ALL Arabs, Except the Jews
We are ALL Arabs, Except the Jews (“I convey to you the Messages of my Lord and give sincere advice to you. And I know from Allah what you know not.”) Allah reveals in the following Verse of the Qur’an the entire earth’s population are descendants of Adam, with the exception of the Jews, as they are the Children of Iblis aka Israel. (O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwa] (Eve)], and from them both He created many men and women; and fear Allah through Whom you demand (your mutual rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.) It is revealed in the following Hadith, that Adam spoke Arabic, which means Adam was an Arab, and ALL the Children of Adam are of Arab descent. And this is the reason Allah sent the Children of Adam an Arab Prophet aka Prophet Muhammad [phuh]. Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, “Alla
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BobW
11-09-2011 08:41pm
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Genesis 12:2-4 
2 And I will make you a great nation, 
And I will bless you, 
And make your name great; 
And so [a](C)you shall be a blessing; 
3 And (D)I will bless those who bless you, 
And the one who [b]curses you I will [c]curse. 
(E)And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”  4 So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and (F)Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Luke 21:23 there will be great distress upon the [o]land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by (R)the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and (S)Jerusalem will be (T)trampled under foot by the Gentiles until (U)the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
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Daniel
11-09-2011 06:37pm
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totally misguided
so israel is to blame for not sending the ambassador on holiday? So Israel is to blame for killing Egyptian soldiers during a deadly attack from Sinai that killed 8 Israeli civilians? sure, Israel is always to blame, never the Egyptians. Without taking responsibility, Egypt will never rise above its current situation.
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