Egypt

The Fires This Time

12/07/2010
Editorial

While the now-extinguished fires in northern Israel were an unimaginable catastrophe for the tiny nation — which, more than almost any other, cherishes its trees — there were heartening aspects of the fatal disaster.

WikiLeaks Reveals Secrets, Backroom Dealmaking—and Cluelessness

12/01/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A careful reading of the WikiLeaks trove of State Department cables -- which is laying bare some 250,000 secret dispatches detailing private conversations, assessments and dealmaking of U.S. diplomats -- reveals a notable if perhaps surprising pattern: how often they get things wrong.

Again and again the cables show diplomats, lawmakers and heads of state predicting outcomes that never come to pass.

Israel Begins Building Barrier on Egyptian Border

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel began construction of a barrier along its border with Egypt.

Engineers were scheduled to fan out along Israel's southern border Monday and prepare the ground of for the construction of the barrier and electronic fence.

The nearly $375 million, 155-mile project is being undertaken in order to prevent migrant workers from entering Israel as well as to deter terrorists and drug smugglers.

Aid Convoy Enters Gaza

10/21/2010

(JTA) -- An international aid convoy entered Gaza from Egypt.

The Viva Palestina convoy of nearly 140 vehicles, $5 million in aid and 370 passengers from 30 countries, entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing on Thursday afternoon. The convoy reportedly was carrying school and medical supplies.

The convoy left more than a month ago from London, travelling by land and sea through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria before reaching Egypt.

Gaza has been under a naval blockade by Israel since Hamas took over the coastal strip in 2007.

Talking Tough with Mubarak

A thaw in the frozen Mideast peace talks may be in the works as Ehud Barak puts the finishing touches on his new government, but it apparently hasn’t touched Egypt.

07/02/1999
Washington Correspondent

A thaw in the frozen Mideast peace talks may be in the works as Ehud Barak puts the finishing touches on his new government, but it apparently hasn’t touched Egypt. That was apparent on Monday when a group of Jewish leaders held a chilly session with President Hosni Mubarak, here for a round of top-level meetings including a Thursday session with President Bill Clinton.
Several participants described the meeting as contentious, combative and frustrating.

Talking Tough with Mubarak

A thaw in the frozen Mideast peace talks may be in the works as Ehud Barak puts the finishing touches on his new government, but it apparently hasn’t touched Egypt.

07/02/1999
Washington Correspondent

A thaw in the frozen Mideast peace talks may be in the works as Ehud Barak puts the finishing touches on his new government, but it apparently hasn’t touched Egypt. That was apparent on Monday when a group of Jewish leaders held a chilly session with President Hosni Mubarak, here for a round of top-level meetings including a Thursday session with President Bill Clinton.
Several participants described the meeting as contentious, combative and frustrating.

Israel-Egypt Ties Thawing

12/03/2004
Staff Writer
In a sign that the post-Yasir Arafat era is presenting new opportunities throughout the Middle East, the cold peace that has existed between Israel and Egypt for the last 25 years may be starting to thaw both diplomatically and economically. Israeli and Egyptian leaders used the occasion of a visit by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit to Jerusalem Wednesday to speak about promoting relations between the two countries, according to Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

U.S.-Israel Train Wreck Diverted

11/08/2002
Washington Correspondent
U.S.-Israel Train Wreck Diverted Israel could be headed toward an even more right-wing government, but that may not result in a diplomatic collision with the Bush administration.

U.S. Looks To Clarify Approach

06/07/2002
Washington Correspondent
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has a vision, and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to make sure the U.S. administration doesn’t buy it, although some State Department officials seem ready to sign on the dotted line. That may be the diplomatic script as both leaders make their case to President George W. Bush in the next few days against a backdrop of continuing suicide bombings and mounting pressure on Washington from the European and Arab states.
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