Category Archives: Egypt

Missile, Fire From Egypt Wounds Two Israeli Soldiers

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

(AP). Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.

The military said the attack occurred in southern Negev Desert, and that the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Jewish Comedian Tours Israel, Middle East To Find The World’s Funniest Person

laugh factory(AP). It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other.

The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The Laugh Factory, so the idea wasn’t unfamiliar. Still, it’s one thing to get a liquored-up audience laughing at lines like, “Take my mother-in-law — please.” Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egypt Warplanes Strike Islamic Militias In Libya

photo/AP

photo/AP

(AP). Egypt deepened its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya on Wednesday, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The two officials, who have firsthand knowledge of the operation, said the use of the aircraft was part of an Egyptian-led campaign against the militiamen that will eventually involve Libyan ground troops recently trained by Egyptian forces. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Israel/Hamas Talks Over Permanent Cease-Fire deal To Kick Off On Tuesday

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

(AP). A Palestinian negotiator says Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory.

Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Palestinian radio Sunday that talks will be held Tuesday in Cairo. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Turkey Refuses To Join Neighboring Arab States’ Coalition With The US vs. ISIS

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

(AP). Key Arab allies of the United States pledged Thursday to help in the battle against Islamic State militants, promising to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents and possibly to join military action.

NATO member Turkey refused to join its Arab neighbors in the public expression of support, signaling the struggle the West faces in trying to get nations on the front lines to put aside their regional animosities and work together against a common enemy. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Arab Countries Give Abbas Backing On New UN Appeal

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

(AP). Arab foreign ministers have backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s appeal to the United Nations to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 war and make way for an independent Palestinian state.

The Palestinian ambassador to Egypt, Jamal al-Shobaki, said Monday that the Arab resolution issued a day earlier calls for the Arab League chief to push the idea in the U.N. Security Council and other regional and international groups. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Report: Abbas Declines al-Sisi’s Generous Offer For Creation Of Palestinian State In Sinai

abbas turkeyAn exclusive report on Israeli Army Radio Monday morning revealed that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi offered Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas 160 square kilometers of the Sinai Peninsula adjoining Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, thus creating a Palestinian state five times the present size of Gaza.

 

In his proposal Sisi suggested to add 1,600 square kilometers from Sinai’s territory to Gaza (5 times the area of the Strip) and establish there a demilitarized Palestinian state under the full control of the Palestinian Authority. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Lapid Calls On Regional Powers To Rebuild, Disarm Gaza

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

(AP). Israel’s finance minister says his country and other regional powers should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip and disarm Hamas militants that rule the territory.

Yair Lapid made the remarks Sunday, about a week after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after almost two months of fighting that devastated parts of Gaza. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egypt Hands Life Sentence to Israeli Spy

Egypt courtAn Israeli, tried in absentia in an Egyptian court for spying on Egyptian officials and security deployments for Israel, has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Jordanian who has also been charged for spying on behalf of Israel has been sentenced to 10 years. The maximum sentence in Egypt, including those sentenced to life, is 25 years. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Mubarak Defends Record of Egyptian Leadership in Court

According to a news report in Israel Hayom, Egypt’s overthrown President Hosni Mubarak, in his first public comments since being put on trial, denied Wednesday that he ordered the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that deposed him, maintaining that he would be vindicated by history. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for bearing responsibility for the deaths of demonstrators and the breakdown of law and order during the 18-day revolt that terminated his 30-year presidency, but an appeals court subsequently ordered a retrial. The new proceedings resulted in the clearing of those charges, but Mubarak is currently serving a separate three-year sentence at a military hospital for embezzlement.

Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egypt Presents Proposal to End War in Gaza

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

(AP) - Egypt presented a proposed cease-fire to Israel and Hamas aimed at ending the monthlong war, Palestinian officials said early Wednesday after negotiators huddled for a second day of Egyptian-mediated talks meant to resolve the crisis and bring relief to the embattled Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials told The Associated Press early Wednesday morning that Egypt’s proposal calls for easing parts of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, bringing some relief to the territory. But it leaves the key areas of disagreement, including the Islamic militant group Hamas’ demand for a full lifting of the blockade and Israeli calls for Hamas to disarm, to later negotiations. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egypt’s President Expected to Discuss Ceasefire Efforts on First Visit to Saudi Arabia

Abdul-Fattah-al-Sisi(AP) - Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met late Sunday in Saudi Arabia with one of his strongest international supporters, King Abdullah, to talk about key security issues impacting the region.

Saudi Arabia’s monarch has given Egypt at least $12 billion in aid to buoy its economy after the military, led by el-Sissi, ousted the country’s President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers from power amid massive protests. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Israel Agrees To Extend Humanitarian Cease-Fire

Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official said.

The official, however, did not say for how much longer Israel had agreed to extend the truce, only that “Israel has expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms.”

Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Saudi Official: Hamas Is Responsible for Civilian Deaths in Gaza

Mideast Israeli PalestiniansThe former head of Saudi intelligence services, Turki al Faisal said on Sunday that Hamas was responsible for “the crimes Israel has committed in the Gaza Strip,” according to a report by the daily Maariv newspaper.

In an interview quoted Sunday from Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Faisal said that “Hamas is responsible for the slaughter in the Gaza Strip following its bad decisions in the past, and the haughtiness it shows by firing useless rockets at Israel, which contribute nothing to the Palestinian interest. The Hamas rockets pose no threat to the Israeli occupation, even when they reach Tel Aviv.” Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Report: Phone Call Between Netanyahu and el-Sisi Led To Cease-Fire Proposal

Sissi Egypt presidentThe Egyptian-brokered cease-fire proposal accepted Tuesday morning by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet, came following a secret phone call between Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Saturday, Haaretz’ Barak Ravid reports.

Quartet special envoy Tony Blair urged the Egyptian leader to become more actively involved in promoting a cease-fire, diplomatic sources told Haaretz. Blair Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

BREAKING: Israeli Security Cabinet Accepts Egyptian Brokered Ceasefire Deal

Photo/EPA

Photo/EPA

The Israeli security cabinet decided to accept the Egyptian proposal for ceasefire in Gaza starting 9AM local time. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett reportedly voted against the proposal.

A senior Israeli official added that the cabinet decided that if Hamas continues to fire rockets after the ceasefire takes effect, Israel will act forcefully.

Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Bipartisan Majority Demands Obama Consult With Congress on Iran Deal

Geneva Iran talksA majority of the House have signed a letter, sent to President Obama, demanding he consult with them on any final nuclear agreement with Iran as the deadline for negotiations nears.

The letter, signed by 344 members from both sides, noted that the U.S. Congress played a central role in enacting sanctions against Iran and insisted Congress be involved in any decision to ease sanctions. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egypt’s el-Sissi Defends Recent Price Hikes As ‘Bitter Pill’

Sissi Egypt president(AP). Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has defended his recent decisions to partially lift subsidies on fuel, calling them a necessary “bitter pill.”

In a nationally televised speech Monday, El-Sissi said he couldn’t delay such decisions even if it cost him support because “the dangers are great” for Egypt’s economy. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egypt President Wishes Al Jazeera Journalists Weren’t Tried

Al Jazeera Jounalists(AP) - Egypt’s president acknowledged for the first time that the heavy sentences handed down to three Al-Jazeera journalists had a “very negative” impact on his country’s reputation, saying he wished they were never put on trial.

The comments by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to editors of Egyptian media outlets were published late Sunday. They were the first public recognition by Egyptian officials that the case had been damaging to the country’s relations with the international community. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Iraqi Kurds: Time Is Ripe for Kurdish Independence

kurdistan(AP). Facing an Iraq that is being ripped apart by sectarian violence and a divisive government, leaders of the country’s Kurdish region said Thursday they now believe they have a better chance than ever to break away and create an independent nation.

The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq’s north has for years threatened to separate from the rest of the country, and it has feuded with both the Shiite-led government in Baghdad over oil revenues and the Sunni tribes who claim authority over territory the Kurds believe is theirs. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Former PM Blair Signs On As ‘Economic Reform’ Adviser For New Egyptian Gov’t

Tony Blair Yahoo NewsFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair has signed on as an adviser to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi for “economic reform,” while serving in his capacity as the Quartet’s Middle East peace envoy, the Guardian reported.

Blair’s new advisory capacity is in collaboration with a task force meant to prop-up Egypt’s ailing economy, a program funded by Sissi-proponent United Arab Emirates, according to the paper. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egyptian, Two Israelis Facing Trial in Egyptian Court for Spying

Two Israelis, one of them an intelligent officer, and one Egyptian will be tried by an Egyptian court for allegedly “spying” for the Jewish State, judicial sources told AFP on Sunday.

While the Egyptian is in custody, the two Israelis are not, and they will be tried in absence. The date for the trial has not yet been set. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Egypt Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists to Seven Years in Prison

Al Jazeera JounalistsTwo Al Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to seven years in priosn by an Egyptian court on Monday, and another one with 10 years on charges which included reporting false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.

A judge delivered the verdicts against Peter Greste, an Australian citizen; Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian citizen; and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian citizen. Al Jazeera has always rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Jewish Community in Egypt Weren’t Invited to President Sissi’s Inauguration

Sissi Egypt presidentMagda Haroun, the head of the Jewish Community in Egypt, said they did not receive an invitation for the inauguration of the president-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but they won’t hold a grudge against him and still wish him success.

“We will offer congratulations to President Sisi on behalf of the community. We wish him success in his mission, uniting Egyptian people and pushing it forward, so Egypt would restore entrepreneurship and become tolerant as it used to be and as he promised,” Haroun told Egypt’s daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm. Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare

Cairo – President-elect Sisi to Egyptians: “Time to work”

(AP). Egypt’s president-elect, the former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, told Egyptians it is now “time to work” to rebuild the country after he was officially declared the landslide winner of last week’s election.
Read more »

FacebookTwitterEmailGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedInShare
Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com