Egypt

Hamas Leaders Crawl Out Of Their Holes

In case you didn’t notice, the Hamas spokesman announced acceptance of the ceasefire at a news conference in the Al Shifa Hospital.  Why is that important?  Because many journalists covering the war in Gaza as well as the Israeli Defense Forces believe the Hamas leadership hid out during the fighting in bunkers beneath the hospital.  In other words, the doctors, staff, patients and visitors were their unwitting human shields.

Slow Progress Reported In Cairo

On cease-fire's final day, question of whether hostilities will recommence is murky.

08/13/2014

Tel Aviv — Israel and Hamas reportedly have made slow progress in truce talks on the final day of a cease-fire between the sides.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah on Aug. 12. Getty Images

Gaza's Unanswered Questions

As Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian negotiators in Cairo try to come up with a long-term truce, all know that they are just buying time until the next Gaza war.

This latest round left a very high body count and a lot of unanswered questions. 

Reports: Israel Agrees To Ceasefire

Egyptian draft calls for 48 hours of calm, the delegations would travel to Cairo for talks.

07/14/2014
Staff Writer

Israeli media is now reporting that Israel has agreed to an Egyptian draft ceasefire proposal. Hamas has not yet replied, but there are hints it may agree.

The Novel As Archive

Dara Horn delves into the nature of remembrance, and how it ‘affects our choices for the future,’ in ‘A Guide for the Perplexed.’

10/16/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic

Dara Horn’s latest novel is propelled forward by ideas about preserving the past, over three different eras. “A Guide for the Perplexed” (Norton) is set in present-day California and Egypt, late-19th-century Cambridge and Cairo, and further back, in 12th-century Cairo. With great skill and originality, she layers stories of a software developer who invents a program called “Genizah” for recording a life, Solomon Schechter’s discovery of the Cairo Genizah, and the life of Moses Maimonides, or the Rambam.

Horn of plenty: Her new book travels from Cairo to California.

Voice Of Israel’s Sephardim

10/09/2013

It was a testimony to the influence and longevity of the life of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that the health updates on an ailing rabbinic leader were headline news in Israeli newspapers and broadcasts in recent weeks. Outside of haredi, or ultra-Orthodox circles, in which Rabbi Yosef played a prominent role for more than a half century, most Israelis have little interest in aging rabbis.

As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks

07/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

When turmoil erupts in the Middle East, it is understandable to ask about the impact of events on Israel, on its treaties with Egypt and Jordan, and on its overall security. Given Israel’s ever-precarious security situation, the changing geopolitics of the region tends to have a magnified impact on Israel’s political and security perspectives. Such is the case today with the fluid situation in Egypt.

Daniel Kurtzer

As Interim President Installed In Egypt, Israel Remains Quiet And Cautious

07/05/2013

Egypt swore in an interim president as Israel kept a low profile following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Adli Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in Thursday as Egypt’s interim president less than a day after Morsi was deposed by the country’s military in a near-bloodless coup. Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, reportedly is being held by the military under house arrest. Mansour will serve in the position until new elections are held.

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