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Pres. Rivlin: Challenges Are Opportunities to Show We Can Live Together

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

President Reuven Rivlin provided some extra moral support on Thursday to Israeli Ambassadors to Jordan and Egypt, who met with the president at his official residence in Jerusalem.

Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan, HE Eynat Shlein, and Ambassador to Egypt, HE David Govrin, told the president about their ongoing work and recent experiences in their posts.

President Rivlin spoke with them about the strengthening ties and growing cooperation between Israel and her neighbors in the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin.

“Thank you for all you are doing to represent Israel, and help us strengthen ties and friendships that would have seemed impossible years ago,” the president said.

“Our relationships with Jordan and Egypt especially constitute a crucial strategic alliance for all,” President Rivlin said.

He went on to stress that the shared challenges and threats faced by many in the Middle East required close cooperation, and added that “these challenges also provide us the opportunities to show that we can live together in this region, in peace and prosperity.”

Hana Levi Julian

Traces of Explosives Found on Bodies From Egypt Air Crash

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Traces of explosives have been found on some of the bodies of the passengers who were killed last May in the EgyptAir plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea.

Flight MS804 dropped from the radar while carrying 66 travelers and crew members on a route from Paris to Cairo.

There were no survivors in the crash, and there has been no claim of responsibility from any terrorist group.

Findings from the recording in the plane’s black box confirmed there was a fire on board the aircraft before the crash, but investigators could not discern whether there was a technical, or intentional – more ominous – cause to the flames.

Following the evidence of the explosive material discovered on the bodies, a criminal investigation is now being launched by Egypt’s public prosecutor, according to the country’s Civil Aviation officials.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Condemns Terror Attack at Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Israel has condemned the deadly bombing that took place Sunday morning at the main Coptic Christian church in Cairo.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement condemning the “reprehensible terrorist attack” and saying the Jewish nation “shares in the grief of the families of the victims and of the Egyptian people.

“We must unite forces and fight terrorism together,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the statement.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a three-day mourning period in the wake of the bombing which killed 25 people and wounded 35 others at St. Mark’s Cathedral.

The cathedral is the seat of the Egyptian Coptic Christian sect and home to the spiritual leader of the Egyptian Orthodox Christian church, Pope Tawadros II.

The deadly attack was the second to strike the Egyptian capital in as many days; on Friday, six police officers were killed in a terror attack claimed by a group with suspected ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Hana Levi Julian

Deadly Bombing at Cairo’s Largest Coptic Christian Cathedral

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

At least 25 people were killed and 35 others were wounded Sunday in a bombing at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, Al Arabiya reported.

The church is Egypt’s main Coptic Christian house of worship. St. Mark’s is home to the spiritual leader of the Egyptian Orthodox Christian church, Pope Tawadros II, and has been likened to the Vatican for the faithful of that sect.

According to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA), a terrorist threw a bomb into the chapel close to the cathedral’s outer wall.

This is the second deadly attack to strike the Egyptian capital in as many days. On Friday, six police officers were killed in a bombing terror attack claimed by a group with suspected ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

It was the Muslim Brotherhood that founded the Hamas terrorist organization which today rules Gaza with an iron fist, and which has dedicated itself to the annihilation of Israel.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday morning’s attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Haredim Block Muezzin Law, Say It Threatens Pre-Shabbat Siren

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Health Minister and United Torah Judaism Chairman Yakov Litzman on Tuesday appealed the decision of the Government Legislative Committee Sunday approving a bill prohibiting the use of Mosque PA systems. The appeal will require a new committee debate.

Comparing the Mosques’ loudspeaker announcements, which reverberate through entire neighborhoods in Israeli mixed cities five times a day every day, starting as early as 4 AM, to the pre-Shabbat loudspeaker warnings in many Israeli cities, which take place, by definition, once a week (more if there’s a holiday), Litzman suggested the “Muezzin law” might damage the status quo between the state and the religious Jewish community.

Litzman was supported by Shas Chairman and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, and also by MK Issawi Freij (Meretz), who wrote Litzman that “the right to worship is a fundamental right for everyone. Noise problems should not be resolved through legislation.” Joint Arab List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh congratulated Minister Litzman on his move, saying it was “a significant step toward cooperation between the weakened segments of society.” Meaning, presumably, that both the Arabs and the Haredim face government policies intended to keep them down.

MK Moti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) stated in the bill itself that he has no intention “to harm religious freedom, rather it is intended to prevent the sleep interruption suffered by the majority of citizens due to muezzin calls.”

Interestingly, several Muslim and European countries have enacted laws compelling their mosques to “muffle” their loudspeakers, including Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Cities that have banned or restricted the use of loudspeakers by mosques include Cairo, Egypt, Mumbai, India, Lagos, Nigeria, and several cities in Michigan. Restrictions of calls of prayers by muezzins exist in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium.


Gaza Businessmen to Meet with Egyptians on Improving Economic Situation

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

A delegation of Gaza businessmen and civil society professionals will travel to Egypt on Sunday for a conference on the current economic situation in the impoverished Gaza Strip, Ma’an reported Saturday.

Osama Kheil, a spokesman for the union of contractors in Gaza, told Ma’an that the 38 businessmen from Gaza had been invited to the “Ain Sokhna 2” conference, organized by the National Center for Middle East Studies.

Ain Sokhna (Arabic: the Hot Spring) is a resort town on the western shore of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Eilat, some 75 miles east of Cairo.

The conference will discuss the economic situation in Gaza and strategies for improving the dire living conditions of the civilian population. The Gazan delegation will emphasize the need for coordination with Egyptian authorities in regards to the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, which serves as a lifeline for Gazans, in the hope of “keeping the border open as long as possible.”

In October 2014 Egypt announced plans to expand the buffer zone between Gaza and Egypt, following a terrorist attack from Gaza that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers. The buffer was “a move meant to halt the passage of weapons and militants through cross-border smuggling tunnels but which also puts more pressure on the Palestinian militant Hamas group.” Egyptian authorities ordered residents living along the eastern border to evacuate their homes prior to their demolishing. The new 1,000 yard wide buffer zone includes water-filled trenches that block tunnel diggers along the 8 mile.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Egyptian authorities demolished between July 2013 and August 2015 at least 3,255 residential, commercial, administrative, and community buildings along the border, forcibly evicting thousands of people.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas agreed with the Egyptian operation, saying the smuggling tunnels under the border had produced 1,800 millionaires, and were used for smuggling weapons, drugs, cash and forgery equipment. The total cost to the Gazan economy was estimated at $70 million. On September 11, 2015, the Egyptian army began to pump water from the Mediterranean Sea into the tunnels, in coordination with the Palestinian Authority. Hamas condemned the flooding saying it posed a serious threat to Gaza’s environment and ground water. In November 2015, large areas of soil collapsed as a result of the flooding, threatening homes in Rafah. Salt water came out of the ground, contaminating the soil, making it unusable for agriculture.

Or, as the Ma’an report put it on Saturday: The Gaza Strip has suffered under an Israeli military blockade.


Moscow: Egypt ‘No Longer Able to Count on Washington’ to Fight Sinai Terror

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Russia is moving in to train with Egypt in military strategies, equipment and personnel and build a closer relationship towards the goal of “helping” in the fight to contain and trim back terrorists in the northern Sinai.

Towards that end, Russia and Egypt are set to carry out their first-ever joint anti-terror military exercise “in a desert environment. The joint paratroopers’ drill in Egypt is to involve six air fields and 15 aircraft and helicopters for various purposes, in addition to 10 combat vehicles, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russian airborne troops are to be sent to the north of Africa on an Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft in mid-October, the ministry told the English-language edition of Gazeta.ru. “Special attention is given to the knowledge of the customs and traditions of the Egyptian people”, the Defense Ministry said.

According to the report, Russia will work together with Egypt on developing “a common approach to encircling and destroying illegal armed formations in a desert environment.”

Russia contends that Egypt has lost control over the northern Sinai, which has become a terrorist stronghold, and is “no longer able to count on Washington’s support in this matter.”

The Sinai Province terror group pledged to Da’esh (ISIS), plus numerous other Salafi Muslim extremist groups, Muslim Brotherhood-backed terrorist organizations, Hamas terrorist agents from the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing, operatives from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah terrorist organization and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades all have established bases in the Sinai Peninsula.

Professor Vladimir Isayev, based at the Institute of Asia and Africa at Moscow State University, says he believes that if the terrorists now operating in northern Sinai attempt to expand their territory, the [Egyptian] army would like to count on Moscow’s support. “It is unlikely that it is paratroopers that will participate, but as for the Russian Aerospace Forces, it is quite likely.”

Israel and Egypt have been working together to fend off attackers and prevent large-scale terror attacks from these groups for some time. So it’s not yet clear what response the Israeli government may have to this latest new development, especially given the outcomes of Russia’s “assistance” to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Egypt has recently purchased Mistral helicopter carriers from France with pre-installed Russian equipment that were originally destined for the Russian army, Isayev told Gazeta.ru .

Moscow analysts do not expect the United States to respond to the drill, nor to the Egyptian purchase of Russian-equipped French helicopters. “Egypt is a strategically very important country for the U.S.pointed out Semyon Bagdasarov, direcctor of the Moscow-based Center for the Study of the Middle East and Central Asia. He added that America’s relationship with Israel and U.S. treatment in the Middle East is likely to depend on Egypt. “Plus, control of the Suez Canal,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

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