Posts Tagged ‘egypt’


Is Egyptian President el-Sisi about to help broker a major breakthrough in the Arab-Israeli peace process? Fascinating signals this week.

editor 30 September 2017

By Joel C. Rosenberg.. Four decades after the historic Camp David Accords, is Egyptian President el-Sisi signaling he is about to take the lead in helping broker dramatic peace agreements not just between Israelis and Palestinians but perhaps between Israel and the rest of the Arab world, including the Saudis and Gulf States? (more…)


Egypt allocates $2.2 million to restore historic Alexandria synagogue

editor 18 August 2017

By J-Wire.. The Egyptian government has reportedly approved a budget of US$2.2 million for the restoration of the centuries-old Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria. The Project Sector of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities last week sanctioned the funding for the restoration and development of the historic synagogue, which was recently closed for several months after its ceiling collapsed, the Egypt Independent reported. [Photo top right:The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt. Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)


President Rivlin: Persecution of Mideast Christians ‘A Stain on Humanity’

editor 29 April 2017

By JNS.. “And He said: ‘What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.11 And now cursed art thou from the ground, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand.” Genesis 4:10-11. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the persecution of Middle East Christians is “a stain on humanity” during a meeting Wednesday with the head of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch and other Christian leaders. (more…)


Comment: Sisi and the Copts

editor 20 April 2017

By Rami Aziz.. After nearly three years of Sisi’s reign, the Copts find themselves facing continuous decay in their livelihoods and rights, with no end in sight. On December 11 (2016), a massive explosion shattered St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbasia, central Cairo, claiming the lives of more than 25 worshipers and wounding scores of others. The event cast even more anxiety and strain over the situation of Egypt’s Copts, which has been volatile and troubled for some time. [Photo top right:Egyptians gather in front of a Coptic church that was bombed on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)]. (more…)


How do you define “Harassment” and “Bullying”?

editor 7 January 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. I think bullies are horrible people. I think harassing others is wrong. The concept of knowing these things are wrong is easy. But sometimes, as bad as bullying and harassing are, the reality of what is being done, the true horror of what is happening falls outside these words we use too easily. Maybe we need a new word. (more…)


Israel-Egypt Analysis: The long-awaited thaw is still not forthcoming

editor 7 December 2016

By Zvi Mazel.. Many Israelis had hoped that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would take ground-breaking steps toward normalization; It still has not happened. Nearly 40 years ago, President Sadat made history by coming to Jerusalem, and the peace agreement followed two years later. Much is made in Israel of the strong security cooperation between the two countries regarding the fight against Islamic terrorism in northern Sinai. Egypt is far more discreet on the subject. [Photo top right:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Israel on July 10. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)] (more…)


Why the Palestinian Authority Leadership Does Not — and Will Not — Emulate Egypt’s Anwar Sadat

editor 26 November 2016

By Ruthie Blum.. This weekend marked the 39th anniversary of slain Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem — a move spurred by the late Arab leader’s decision to switch from the Soviet axis to that of the United States. Instead of facilitating this monumental Mideast shift, US President Jimmy Carter — the Democrat whose mixture of leftism and incompetence led to the election of Republican contender Ronald Reagan — did his best to botch it up. [Photo tip right: Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin at the Camp David Accords signing ceremony. Photo: wiki commons.] (more…)


The high price to escape Gaza: Palestinians paying up to $10,000 in bribes

editor 8 September 2016

By Staff.. Al Jazeera surmises that the desperation Gazans have to leave the peninsula is evidence of the dismal conditions in Gaza. Palestinians are paying up to $10,000 in bribes to Egyptian border officials to escape the Strip, Gazan bribe brokers told Al Jazeera on Monday (September 5, 2016). [Photo top right:A Gaza woman waits at Rafah for a travel permit to cross into Egypt, June 14.. (photo credit:IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)] (more…)


Steadfast Vision, Flexible Implementation: The Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai

editor 29 July 2016

By Assaf Orion.. On April 25, 1982, the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) began its mission in the Sinai Peninsula to implement the supervisory functions stipulated in the security annex of the Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt. In the decades since, and especially over the past five years, the operating environment of the MFO has transformed dramatically, and contributing countries and units have changed. Nonetheless, the Multinational Force continues to fill a critical role in implementing the security regime agreed upon by the leaders of Egypt, Israel, and the US, and does so effectively. (more…)


Analysis: Egyptian diplomacy pushes France aside

editor 14 July 2016

By Herb Keinon.. “Sisi understands that he is dealing with a statesman who is strong. Forget the [domestic] investigations against him. Sisi sees Netanyahu as someone who can deliver.” Standing Sunday (July 10, 2016) in the Prime Minister’s Office under a bust of Theodor Herzl, and in front of a bank of Egyptian and Israeli flags, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry placed Cairo firmly in the center of the Middle East diplomatic process, shoving Paris to the side. [Photo top right: Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in a May 17 speech, said new opportunities now exist to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and warmer relations with Arab states. (photo credit: REUTERS)] (more…)


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