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Cairo's Embassy Riots and Egyptian Opinion

Cairo's Embassy Riots and Egyptian Opinion Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Eric Trager

The diplomatic documents had barely stopped drifting down from the Israeli Embassy in Egypt when New York Times columnist Nick Kristof referenced the root causes of the attack, as he saw them: "Attacking the Israeli embassy doesn't help Gazans, doesn't bring back the dead," he tweeted. "Instead it h

Setbacks and Opportunity

Setbacks and Opportunity Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The year was 1958 and Israel had noticed that Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser's agitation across the Middle East was disagreeable to many of his non-Arab neighbours. Israel therefore emerged with what came to be known as the "Periphery Strategy", which focused on Ethiopia, Iran and Turkey and eve

Editorial: Autumn follows Spring Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It has become increasingly clear that, sadly, the Arab upheavals that swept the Middle East this year are not resulting in a democratic "Arab Spring". Rather an "Islamist awakening" seems to be occurring alongside a resurgence of extreme Arab nationalism. The middle class crowds demanding "freedom"

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Egypt and the Attack on Israel's Embassy

Egypt and the Attack on Israel's Embassy Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, there was a serious attack on Israel's embassy in Cairo on Friday by an Egyptian mob, which saw the Embassy ransacked, several staff members trapped inside for hours before they were rescued and, eventually, all staff evacuated from the country except

Scribblings: De-Press-ing in Egypt Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

With the departure of the Mubarak dictatorship, one thing it would be nice to hope for would be a freer and more responsible and professional press in Egypt. Traditionally, the Egyptian press has been government controlled, and used to both bolster the regime and spread anti-Israel hatred together w

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The Debate over Re-militarising the Sinai

The Debate over Re-militarising the Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Following the recent outbreak of terror attacks on the porous border between Egypt, Israel and Gaza, debate in Israel has been focussed on how best to prevent this violence from reoccurring. Egypt has been engaged in similar considerations, deploying 1,500 troops in the Sinai yesterday, su

Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting?

Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In Egypt, it is being reported that 14 political groups opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties there have united to form a new bloc - called the "The Egyptian Bloc" - to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections... This seems to be good news - a sign that the liberal for

Egypt restoring order to Sinai

Egypt restoring order to Sinai Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Following on from this post concerning the growing lawlessness in the Sinai, Haaretz has reported today that Egypian authorities have now taken action to prevent the situation from deteriorating further. Egyptian security forces, pushing ahead with a crackdown on armed groups in lawless northe

The Sinai "Badlands"

The Sinai "Badlands" Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer and Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

This blog has been following events in Egypt over the past few weeks, as the Islamist groups seem to have been becoming far more assertive, resulting in increased weapons smuggling to Hamas in Gaza and, potentially, a cosier relationship between Egypt and Iran

The Trial of Mubarak… and some Pitfalls

The Trial of Mubarak… and some Pitfalls Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The trial of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, which began last week, is certainly attracting a great deal of attention in Egypt. And it is a dramatic event - a symbol of the success of the Egyptian people in toppling a seemingly entrenched autocrat who had been in power for almost 35 years, a

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Just What Exactly is Going On in Egypt?

Just What Exactly is Going On in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

While most eyes have been directed at the public spectacle of the trial of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, a less visible but far more important trial has been facing Egypt as a whole. As Sharyn outlined on Wednesday, the increasing show of strength by Islamist forces in Egypt has dramatically altere

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