Israel watches nervously as Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins Egypt’s presidency.
Israeli President Shimon Peres extended Israel’s congratulations to Mohamed Morsi upon his election as president of Egypt this week, but questions remain about his power and the viability of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
“We honor the peace between us, because peace is the real victory for both of us,” Peres said during an event Monday with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Peace is really the victory of all children in the world.”
Hamas has claimed responsibility for firing 10 long-range missiles into southern Israel.
Hamas said Tuesday evening that its armed wing, Izzaddin al-Kassam, fired 10 Grad missiles into Israel in the afternoon. At least 40 rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel on Tuesday.
Hamas also took responsibility for firing several rockets late Monday night that landed in Ashkelon but did not cause any damage or injuries. The Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported that the rockets were targeting a nearby military base. Hamas controls the Gaza Strip.
New threats from Sinai, as Egyptian election results still unclear.
A cross-border attack by terrorists in the Sinai that killed one Israeli contract worker Monday and led to Israeli and Hamas reprisal attacks is the latest fallout from the political earthquake in neighboring Egypt.
Three terrorists were reportedly responsible for the attack on a group of Israelis working on constructing a fence along the Israeli-Sinai border to keep out terrorists and African asylum seekers. Authorities said the attack was similar to one last August from the Sinai that killed eight Israelis near the southern Israeli resort of Eilat.
Ties with U.S., Israel up in the air as runoff pits Mubarak ally and Muslim Brotherhood rival.
Ron Kampeas / JTA
Washington — The Egyptians stunned even themselves in the vote to elect their next president — and observers are warning that the U.S. and Israel should be ready for continued uncertainty in their relations with Egypt.
Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood condemned a visit to the Al-Aksa Mosque by Egypt's grand mufti, one of the country's highest religious authorities.
Sheik Ali Goma, accompanied by Ghazi bin Muhammad, chief adviser to Jordan's King Abdullah II for religious and cultural affairs, visited the mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Wednesday. It was Goma's first visit to the shrine.
A long-range Grad rocket fired from Egypt hit near a residential area in Eilat.
The rocket fired from the Sinai Peninsula exploded in the resort town in southern Israel early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported. The rocket landed in a construction site, according to reports.
Three explosions were heard in the city, but the other two rockets have not been located, according to reports. Eilat residents and tourists flooded the police and other emergency numbers with concerned calls.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains on alert against an attack from Sinai despite killing the terrorist leader that was planning an attack from there -- an assassination that has led to a barrage of rockets raining down on southern Israel from Gaza by terrorist groups.