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Israel’s Cairo Embassy Officially Reopens for Business

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Four years after its abrupt closure in the face of a savage mob intent upon its destruction, Israel’s embassy in Cairo is again “open for business.”

The ceremony to re-dedicate the embassy this week was attended by Israeli foreign ministry director-general Dore Gold, together with Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Chaim Koren, although the office remains in Koren’s residence until an appropriate building can be found.

This past June, Hazem Khairat was appointed by Cairo to fill the post of Egyptian Ambassador to Israel. The previous ambassador was recalled by ousted Muslim Brotherhood-backed president Mohamed Morsi in 2012 as a protest over Israel’s defensive actions against Hamas. Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group was formed by Egypt’s now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu and President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi we have seen off threats and we are working with Egypt to achieve stability in the region,” Gold said at the event, according to Al Ahram.

Gold added that “Egypt will always remain the region’s biggest and most significant country.”

The deaths of six Egyptian border guards in a clash between Israeli security and Palestinian Arab terrorists near the Egyptian border, became the “cause” for the rioters who destroyed Israel’s Cairo embassy in September 2011, according to Al Ahram.

Israel Begins Building Fence to Protect New Eilat Airport

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Israel has begun building a new fence from Eilat to Timna, where a new international airport is being built to serve Eilat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced at the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday.

Eilat’s current airport is located in what used to be the outskirts of the resort city but which now is practically in the center, making it a quaint curiosity but out of date in terms of the length of its runways as well as being a disturbance to tourists.

It also is prime real estate that will be freed once the new facility is completed to the north.

The fence is only the first step a project to better protect Israel’s eastern border from Eilat to the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

He added:

To the extent that it is possible, we will encompass Israel’s borders with a security fence and barriers that will allow us to control our borders. We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists.

Israel has finished constructing a fence along the southwestern border with Egypt, where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants previously crossed into Israel with ease. It created a major headache for the government and for cities where the immigrants located, such as Arad, Dimona and southern Tel Aviv.

The infiltration rate now is just about zero.

‘Mega” Gas Field Discovered off Egyptian Coast

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

The Italian Eni energy group announced Sunday it has discovered one of the world’s largest natural gas fields off the Egyptian coast.

If the estimates are not exaggerated and if the “Zohr” field comes online in the future, it would mean that Egypt would be self-sufficient in its gas needs for decades. It also would put an end to any idea that Egypt will buy gas from Israel, which in recent years has enjoyed discoveries of gas fields that have been called the largest discoveries in the world in the past decade.

The find in Egypt dwarfs the field in Israel.

Eni stated:

According to the well and geophysical data available, the field could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place

Zohr is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world’s largest natural-gas finds.


Egypt Re-Imposes Blockade on Gaza Crossing

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Egypt again has shut down the crossing at the city of Rafah, which straddles the border between Gaza and the northern Sinai, after having re-opened it four days for emergency cases.

Egyptian officials said they prevented nearly 150 Arabs from leaving Gaza for the Sinai on Friday. The crossing has been closed since last October, except for brief periods, as part of the al-Sisi regime’s campaign against Hamas.

Israel also has restricted passage, primarily to bar three Be’er Sheba area-based sisters of Hamas’ de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh from attending their nephew’s wedding because Hamas continues to hold two Israelis as captives.

One of them is a Bedouin from the northern Negev city of Hura, and the second man is Avera Mengistu, who has a mental condition and crossed the security fence in Gaza last year.

Israel has not commented on the Bedouin, but he reportedly has had previous contact with Gaza Arabs and may be involved in crime.


ISIS Bombs Egyptian National Security Building

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The front wall of a national security building in Cairo was ripped apart when a massive car bomb exploded at around 2 am Thursday.

At least 29 people were injured in the blast, including 11 soldiers and police officers. The explosion blew the facades off nearby buildings in the residential neighborhood.

The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack. No deaths were reported.

Fish Farming May Secure the Egypt-Gaza Border

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Egypt has come up with a creative way to infuse new life into its battered economy and improve the nutritional base of its population, all while securing its border with Gaza.

Remember that huge, kilometer-long trench that Egyptian security personnel were creating along the Egyptian-Gaza border – 10 meters wide, 20 meters deep – outside of Rafah city?

(This is the trench that cost the Egyptian government a few million dollars in reparation funds to the thousands of local residents whose homes were demolished to make way for the “security buffer zone” that was being created at the time.)

That “trench” may soon be filled with seawater from the Mediterranean, according to sources who spoke with the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. Engineers are allegedly already preparing the pumps and pipelines for a fish farming project.

The claims could not be confirmed, however, Ma’an said.

Egyptian officials have considered using water in the past to destroy terrorist smuggling tunnels reaching under the border from Gaza.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization was found to have been supporting the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province terror organization during its recent attacks on Egyptian security personnel. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Egypt Establishes Anti-Terror Criminal Justice System

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The Egyptian government is creating an entire wraparound system to deal with terrorism from the grassroots level, to the courts.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi approved on Sunday a new anti-terrorism law to set up special courts to deal with terror crimes. The law also lists sentences for the various crimes, ranging from a minimum of five years, up to and including the death penalty.

Conviction on charges of forming or leading a “terrorist entity” under the new law will be punishable by life in prison or death. Membership in a “terrorist entity” will carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Being pronounced guilty on charges of financing a “terrorist group” will also be punished with life in prison – a sentence similar to that in the United States, which carries a minimum of 25 years of incarceration.

Incitement to violence – which in Egypt includes “promoting ideas that call for violence” – will be punishable by a penalty of five to seven years in prison. Such incitement can also include creation or use of a website to carry such ideas, according to the new law.

In addition, the legislation provides protection in connection for those “performing their duties” while enforcing the law. Security personnel have been at the forefront of the battle against the terrorist groups attempting to topple el-Sisi’s government in the past two years.

The changes were made against the backdrop of an escalating war on terror that has become increasingly vicious after a car bombing that took the life of the nation’s attorney general and chief public prosecutor in July.

Egyptian security forces have been faced with an ongoing war with terrorist entities operating in the Sinai Peninsula such as the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province organization (formerly Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Hamas terrorists who are also providing support to Sinai Province, and the Iranian sponsored Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-establishes-anti-terror-criminal-justice-system/2015/08/17/

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