Egyptian Army Ousts Morsi


The Egyptian army removed President Mohamed Morsi from power amid mounting protests against the country’s first democratically elected leader.

Egyptian protesters and members of the Republican Guard celebrated Mohamed Morsi's removal from power. Getty Images

Fresh Fear In Israel Over Chaos In Egypt

Growing concern over a failed economic state as Morsi falls from power.
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — When the revolution against President Hosni Mubarak broke out two years ago, Israel feared that Egypt would suffer the fate of Iran and fall under the sway of an extremist Islamist rule.

At an opposition rally in Cairo this week. Getty Images

Jewish Student Killed In Egypt Was Activist For Peace


Andrew Pochter, the American student stabbed to death Friday during a protest in Egypt, was active in Hillel and motivated by a desire to encourage peace and democracy in the region.

“He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding,” said a Facebook post reportedly put up by his family, according to Reuters.

Andrew Pochter via Facebook

More Locusts Swarm Israel


A third swarm of thousands of locusts crossed into Israel from Egypt.

Four crop-dusting planes on Monday sprayed the area of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council, home to many farming communities, where the insects have invaded.

The swarm of about 30 million locusts first appeared near Cairo on March 2 and caused millions of dollars worth of crop damage in Egypt.

The locust attack comes in the weeks before the start of Passover, which recalls a destructive plague of locusts that the Bible says was sent by God to help free the Jewish slaves.

Israelis drive through a swarm of locusts near the Egyptian border. Getty Images

Israelis Brace For A Second Term

Despite their distrust of Obama, Isrealis acknowledge the president’s support for its security.
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The moment President Barack Obama declared victory, Israelis — both pundits and private individuals — began pondering what it could mean for Israel-U.S. relations.

“We want the best for the U.S. because we love the American people, but I hope we won’t need their government because, while I respect Obama, I don’t trust him,” said Michal Yehoshua, a 21-year-old government employee, sipping hot coffee during a break.

Will Israel lose leverage with Obama now that the Jewish vote is no longer an issue? Getty Images

U.S. Envoy, Three Others Killed By Mob In Libya Following Anti-Muslim Video


The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Tuesday, just hours before the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was attacked over an American-made anti-Muslim movie.

But questions were immediately raised about the true identity of the filmmaker – who falsely claimed to be an Israeli Jew who obtained the financing for his film from 100 Jewish donors -- and whether the movie actually sparked the rioting or was just used as a convenient excuse.

Report: Egypt’s Morsi ‘Studying’ Amending Camp David Accords


Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is considering amending the Camp David Accords to give Egypt full control over the Sinai, his legal adviser told a national newspaper.

Mohamed Gadallah told the Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm that Morsi is “studying” whether to amend the basis for the peace treaty signed between Israel and Egypt in 1979.

Attack Seen Testing Egypt-Israel Relationship

Terror assault at border assault termed a ‘wake-up call for Egypt.’

Jerusalem — The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president.

Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai to quell the unrest there?

For Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, will his crackdown on militancy in the Sinai be seen domestically as his offering a helping hand to Israel, a country much of his constituency still views as an implacable foe?

An Israeli soldier inspects wreckage of an Egyptian military vehicle used in terror attack. Getty Images

AC/DC In Iran, And Other News You May Have Missed

While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted last week that another 1,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges had gone on line, the cyberwar attempt to scuttle Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb continues with a new computer worm causing havoc.

An Iranian nuclear scientist has reportedly sent e-mails complaining that computers at the Natanz and Fordo nuclear plants began playing the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume during the middle of the night.

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