Egypt

'Let My Lulavs Go'

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) has called on the Egyptian government to lift its ban on the export of lulavs in time for Sukkot.

Egypt is one of the largest suppliers of the palm fronds that form the spine of the ritual lulav, and the ban threatens to cause "financial hardship for families and communities simply wishing to fulfill their religious obligations," Berman wrote Wednesday to Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. (See Helen Chernikoff's report on the ban here.)

Fruit Of Arab Spring?

With Egyptian supply down, Sukkot ritual objects expected to be pricier.
09/19/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Lulav and etrog sets sold in the United States may be pricier than usual this Sukkot, due to an Egyptian ban on the sale of the date palm branches.

The price of lulav-and-etrog sets could rise this year due to a date palm branch shortage.

Israelis Evacuated From Cairo Embassy As Egypt Vows Crackdown On Riots

09/10/2011 - 20:00

Some 80 personnel and family members of Israel's embassy in Cairo are safe after being removed in an emergency rescue operation.

During a riot outside the embassy Friday night, violent protesters broke down the eight-foot-high security wall surrounding the embassy compound and entered the building.

Israel-Egypt Ties On Ropes In Wake Of Border Attack

Prospects for unraveling of peace treaty seen increasing, though both sides dialing back pressure.
08/22/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv – For decades, Israel’s border with Egypt has been calm, even sleepy. Civilians regularly drive the military patrol road alongside a rusted barbed-wire fence barely standing in the sand dunes, perhaps the best evidence of a peaceful border.

But amid the fallout from a brazen attack by Palestinians along the border that left eight Israelis dead last week, Israeli analysts see the area as a growing threat and are wondering whether Cairo is capable of restoring the calm that existed.

Yosef, a resident of Ashdod’s Zain Quarter, surveys shrapnel damage from a rocket that landed there Friday.

Arab Spring, Summer Chaos

08/22/2011 - 20:00
Editorial

What are we to make of the latest events in Libya, where the feared and hated despot Muammar al-Qaddafi appears to be at the end of his long reign? Will the revolution there lead to unity and democracy or tribal warfare and chaos? And how will Qaddafi’s fate impact on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, whose continued defiance in spite of calls for his ouster is sure to garner even more attention now as the international spotlight turns to him?

Terror Attacks On Multiple Targets Near Eilat

Defense minister blames Egypt for weak control of Sinai.
08/17/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

UPDATED: 1:00 PM   (White House Statement added)

At least seven Israelis – including one soldier -- were reportedly killed and at least 29 wounded today in five coordinated terrorist attacks in southern Israel.

The attacks included a suicide bombing and gunfire that targeted forces responding to the initial violence. The injured, including five classified as very serious, were taken to Joseftal Hospital in EIlat.

Israeli Lawmaker: I Offered Mubarak Asylum

08/02/2011 - 20:00

As the trial of Hosni Mubarak began in Egypt, an Israeli lawmaker said he had offered political asylum in Israel to the longtime Egyptian president.

Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a Knesset member from the Labor Party, told Israel’s Army Radio on Wednesday that he had made the offer to an ailing Mubarak several months ago in Sharm el-Sheikh, a Red Sea resort city in Egypt.

Queens Native Caught In Egypt Crosswinds

Parents deny Emory law student is Mossad spy.
06/13/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Egypt’s arrest of Queens native Ilan Grapel on spy allegations spurred denials from Israeli officials, family and friends, as well as speculation (in Egypt as well) that officials seized on Facebook photos of the Emory University law student from his days as an Israel Defense Forces paratrooper to pander to popular fears that the Mossad is ever-present.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Egyptian behavior “strange” and urged the Egyptian government to fix its “mistake” and put a rest to the incident.

Arabic-speaking Ilan Grapel went to Egypt to help settle African refugees. But was the IDF veteran naïve to make the trip?

Alleged Israeli Spy Arrested in Egypt is U.S. Citizen

06/12/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An alleged Israeli spy arrested in Egypt has been identified by Israeli media as an American citizen who made aliyah in 2005.

Egyptian authorities arrested Ilan Grapel at his hotel in central Cairo on Sunday; Grapel was ordered detained for 15 days while he is investigated for allegedly "spying on Egypt with the aim of damaging its economic and political interests," Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

Alleged Israeli Spy Arrested in Egypt is U.S. Citizen

06/12/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An alleged Israeli spy arrested in Egypt has been identified by Israeli media as an American citizen who made aliyah in 2005.

Egyptian authorities arrested Ilan Grapel at his hotel in central Cairo on Sunday; Grapel was ordered detained for 15 days while he is investigated for allegedly "spying on Egypt with the aim of damaging its economic and political interests," Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

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