Egypt

Egypt 'Working Group' Says Cut Off Aid

02/03/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A "working group on Egypt" that includes prominent conservatives and liberals urged the Obama administration to cut assistance to Egypt if violence continues.

White House Official: U.S. Will Not Interfere in Egypt Transition

02/03/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A senior White House official told Jewish leaders that the United States does not deal with the Muslim Brotherhood but would not interfere in the Egyptian transition process.

Dan Shapiro, the senior National Security Council official dealing with Israel and its neighbors, briefed Jewish leaders on Wednesday evening, as forces loyal to Hosni Mubarak unleashed violence against protesters seeking to unseat his 30-year autocracy.

Netanyahu: Israel Must Prepare for Any Egypt Outcome

02/03/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel must be prepared for any outcome in Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset, "by reinforcing the might of the State of Israel."

While an Egypt that fully embraces democracy and democratic reform would be a welcome neighbor, Netanyahu said Wednesday, it is also possible that Egypt could come under the rule of parties that are answerable to Iran.

Israeli Journalists Arrested as Cairo Protests Continue

02/02/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Four Israeli journalists were arrested in Cairo as anti-government protests in Egypt turned violent.

The journalists were arrested Wednesday for violating the curfew in the capital city and for entering the city on tourist visas, according to reports. Israel's foreign ministry said in a statement that it is working to have the reporters, three from Israel's Channel 2 and one from Nazareth, released. .

How will Mubarak's departure affect Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations?

 How will the apparent end of Hosni Mubarak's long regime affect stalled Middle East peace talks?

Some on the left are hoping the change to something else – a transitional government, a government led by Mohammed ElBaradei, a coalition that includes the feared Muslim Brotherhood, something we can't even forsee – will convince Israeli leaders that time is running out for a two state solution.

For Israelis, Eyes On Jordan, Egypt

02/02/2011
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Is Jordan next?

As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government teetered amid a week of mass demonstrations, Israelis were nervously casting their eyes at neighboring Jordan, with speculation of a regional domino effect that could weaken the Jewish state’s strategic alliance with the Hashemite monarchy and boost an Islamist opposition.

But even as King Abdullah dismissed his government on Tuesday, Israeli analysts predicted that it was unlikely that the Egyptian uprising could be replicated on the eastern bank of the Jordan River.

Jordan’s King Abdullah sacked his government Tuesday. Getty Images

U.S., Israel Stymied On Post-Mubarak Egypt

Policies were diverging before Egyptian president’s announcement that he won’t run again.

02/02/2011
Washington Correspondent

 The street protests that have apparently ended the 30-year reign of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and threaten to spill across the Arab world pose a dangerous new wild card for the Obama administration — and point to another potential source of friction with Israel.

Revolution in Cairo: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in the fall.

Media Watch: ‘The Pharaoh In The Fuhrerbunker’

German papers know that cheers can turn to chills.

02/01/2011
Associate Editor

The Jewish people weren’t born in Egypt, but our insecurity was. The first Jewish quote in the Bible was Abraham fearing he’d be murdered there. It was in Egypt that Joseph was framed on a rape charge and forgotten by a pharaoh. Jews were slaves and abused for 12 years under the Nazis, but were slaves and abused for 210 years in Egypt, only to be chased by chariots after being freed.

Masses defied the curfew in Cairo Tuesday night, demanding President Mubarak’s resignation. Getty Images

Needed: Cool Heads On Egypt

02/01/2011
Editorial

 It is understandable that Israeli leaders and citizens alike are watching the fast-moving events in Egypt — and possible reverberations in Jordan — with great trepidation.

Peace with Egypt, formalized in 1979, has been anything but warm, but it has been real and enduring, and it has allowed Israel to focus its defenses on other threats, including Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism and the terrifying prospect of a nuclear Iran.

Obama: Egypt Transition ‘Must Begin Now’

02/01/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Transition in Egypt "must begin now," President Obama said.

Obama spoke Tuesday about two hours after after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he would not run in presidential elections scheduled for September, and would prepare for a peaceful handing over of power to his successor.

It was not clear from Obama's statement whether this was sufficient, or if he wanted Mubarak to step down sooner. Opposition groups have said that Mubarak must step down now.

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