Posts Tagged ‘egypt’


Palestinians: The Real Gaza Blockade

editor 17 May 2018

By Khaled Abu Toameh.. The Rafah border crossing is the Gaza Strip’s single opening to Egypt and the rest of the Arab world. That border crossing is where the real suffering of the Palestinians has been taking place. The Gaza Strip could be a livable environment if the Egyptians opened the Rafah terminal to allow the world to come and help the Palestinians living there. As Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and other organizers of the campaign have clearly stated in recent weeks, the Palestinian protests are aimed at thwarting US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East. [Photo top right: In 2017, Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip (pictured above) for just 29 days. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)].  (more…)


Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders’ Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move

editor 10 January 2018

By David D. Kirkpatrick.. As President Trump moved last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an Egyptian intelligence officer quietly placed phone calls to the hosts of several influential talk shows in Egypt. “Like all our Arab brothers,” Egypt would denounce the decision in public, the officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, told the hosts. But strife with Israel was not in Egypt’s national interest, Captain Kholi said. He told the hosts that instead of condemning the decision, they should persuade their viewers to accept it. Palestinians, he suggested, should content themselves with the dreary West Bank town that currently houses the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah. [Photo top right: Palestinian protesters clashing with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank to protest President Trump’s move on Jerusalem | Credit: Shadi Hatem/European Pressphoto Agency].  (more…)


As unity process goes nowhere fast, Hamas leader’s tactic will be to blame PA

editor 30 November 2017

By Avi Issacharoff.. Gaza’s Yahya Sinwar, purportedly determined to seek Palestinian reconciliation ‘for the sake of the children,’ wants to be able to say that he tried but Abbas scuppered the process. On instructions from Egypt, delegates from the various Palestinian groups showed up in Cairo this week to discuss the “historic” reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah. Almost everyone was there, from the highest-ranking officials from both main groups to representatives of organizations so minor that people wondered why they’d been invited. When Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate, headed by Minister Khaled Fawzy, issues invitations, nobody can refuse. [Photo top right:Palestinians argue with Hamas officials and security forces in a makeshift station at a basketball court in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on November 18, 2017 as they await clearance to take a bus to travel through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)].  (more…)


PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

editor 27 November 2017

By PMO.. “Today (November 19, 2017) we mark 40 years to the historic visit of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Jerusalem and Israel. President Sadat took a bold step, he came to the Knesset; he came to Israel. He was welcomed by the entire nation. Since then, the peace treaty with Egypt has survived despite its ups and down. Today, Egypt and Israel, as well as other countries, are on one side of the barricade in a stubborn struggle against the terror of radical Islam in its various fronts. [Photo top right: Photograph dated November 21, 1977 of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (c) as he meets with Golda Meir (l) and Shimon Peres (r) of the Alignment faction in the Knesset, during Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem. (Yaacov Saar/EPA)].


Sadat and Me in Jerusalem 40 Years Ago

editor 27 November 2017

By Lenny Ben-David.. Forty years ago, I worked in Washington as the Director of Research at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. My work focused on arguing against the Carter Administration’s push for an international peace conference in Geneva that would include the Soviet Union and radical Arab states and opposing American arms sales to Egypt.  At the same time, I was intrigued by a smattering of articles by Egyptian writers who hinted at prospects of co-existence with Israel. [Photo top right: Prime Minister Begin and President Sadat in the Knesset, November 20, 1977. On Sadat’s right, Knesset speaker Yitzhak Shamir. (Israel Government Press Office)].  (more…)


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…)


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