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Egypt's president Morsi recalls ambassador from Israel
Mohamed Morsi recalls the newly appointed ambassador to Tel Aviv hours after Israel escalated assaults on Gaza Strip killing commander of Hamas military wing
Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 Nov 2012
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Atef Mohamed Salem
Egypt's ambassador to Israel Atef Mohamed Salem (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian State TV announced shortly after 9pm that President Mohamed Morsi has recalled the Egyptian ambassaor to Israel, Atef Mohamed Salem.

In a televised statement, presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said that Morsi has also summoned the Israeli ambassador in Cairo to convey Egypt's rejection of continued Israeli attacks on gaza.

"The president has ordered the Egyptian representative at the United Nations to call for an emergency meeting at the Security Council. In a phone call with the Arab League general-secretary, the president has also called for an emergency meeting for the Arab foreign ministers," Ali said.

Earlier Wednesday, Israel killed seven Palestinians in air raid on the besieged Strip including a leading commander Hamas's military wing, Ahmed Al-Jaabari.

Under ousted president Mubarak, Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Israel over Israeli aggression against Palestinians and Lebanese in 1982, 1988, 2001 and 2005.

Relations between Egypt and Israel have been relatively strained since the onset of the 25 January revolution as many Egyptians have raised voives to demand Egypt stop natural gas sales to Tel Aviv and modify the 1978 Camp David peace treaty.

In 2011, a number of massive protests by pro-Palestinian youths and supporters were organised at the Israeli embassy to pressure the then-ruling military council to shut down the mission.

 In September 2011, protesters managed to break into the embassy forcing the Tel Aviv diplomats to seek a new home - a challenge they have not been able to meet yet.

 



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william fuller
16-11-2012 01:31am
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Kevin was right. Egypt was a pawn of the U.S. for years under Hosni Mubarak, who was a merciless dictator. Egypt should stop toadying to the U.S. for a relatively paltry sum compared to what Israel receives. Egypt must regain its pride and its honor by re-opening the Rafah crossing and stop its shameful obeisance for those 30 pieces of silver.
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william fuller
16-11-2012 01:29am
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Kevin was right. Egypt was a pawn of the U.S. for years under Hosni Mubarak, who was a merciless dictator. Egypt should stop toadying to the U.S. for a relatively paltry sum compared to what Israel receives. Egypt must regain its pride and its honor by re-opening the Rafah crossing and stop its shameful obeisance for those 30 pieces of silver.
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oscar
15-11-2012 04:01pm
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whos to blaime
Every Arab country that gives oil to the west is to blaime for the deaths in Palistine. Every Arab Neighbouring Country that sees whats happening in Palistine and dose NOTHING is to blaime for every death.
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Vanessa
15-11-2012 06:40am
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Grammar
When you are talking about the leader if the nation, you are supposed to use a capital "P" in the word "President".
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Kevin
15-11-2012 06:04am
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Then what?
Okay, so you recalled your ambassador and called for a meeting with useless Arab league who's members are dealing and wheeling with US and Israel..then what?..what about opening the rafah crossing, mobilize tanks across border?...assisting Syria with getting rid of Israeli supported terrorist in Golan heights..cutting off Gas to Israel...asking Arab league to start Oil embargo?...Its about time for Eygpt to act not just talk!!
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Nasser Nasser
14-11-2012 09:39pm
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Israel is Nazi state par excellence
This is the very least Morsi should do. The next step should be to suspend the infamous peace treaty with Israel.
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Maude
14-11-2012 10:57pm
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The Oslo accords
Avigdor Lieberman said if Abbas bid for Palestinan recognition at UN, Israel will cancel the Oslo accords!

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