Egypt

Iranian Officials Blame Israel, U.S. for Protests

02/15/2011

(JTA) -- Iranian officials blamed Israel and the United States for protests that broke out in the Islamic Republic, leaving one dead and dozens injured.

"The parliament condemns the Zionist, American, anti-revolutionary and anti-national action of the misled seditionists," Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Tuesday during an open session of parliament a day after the demonstrations in support of the peoples' revolution in Egypt that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak..

Israeli Embassies Threatened, May Close

02/15/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Four Israeli embassies may be closed after receiving serious threats.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that security at the embassies, which it did not identify, had increased to the maximum level. Security at all Israeli embassies has been increased as well, according to reports.

The ministry said in Tuesday's statement that "a number of irregular incidents targeting Israeli destinations were recorded in the past few days."

Camp David Accord “Over,” Egypt Opposition Leader Charges

02/14/2011

JEURSALEM (JTA) -- An Egyptian opposition leader has declared his country's peace treaty with Israel over.

Ayman Nour, who plans to be a candidate for president of Egypt and who heads the secular-liberal Tomorrow Party, reportedly told Egyptian Radio Sunday that "The Camp David accord is over," and said that Egypt should renegotiate the accord's terms.

PA Calls Elections, Chief Negotiator Erekat Resigns

02/13/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinian Authority said it will hold elections by September in what is being seen as a response to the political upheaval in Egypt.

The decision to have parliamentary and presidential elections was announced Saturday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It followed a meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and oversees the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas rejected the announcement and said it would not participate in the elections.

Netanyahu Welcomes Egyptian Military Reassurances

02/13/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed statements by Egypt's military that it would honor the peace treaty with Israel.

"The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East," Netanyahu said Saturday night in his first comments since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11, ceding power to the military.

White House: Egyptian Government Should Keep Peace With Israel

02/11/2011
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The next Egyptian government should recognize its peace with Israel, the White House said.

"It's important that the next government of Egypt recognize the accords that have been signed with Israel," spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a news conference after President Obama congratulated Egyptians after Hosni Mubarak left the presidency.

Obama in his statement said the United States would provide assistance toward transitioning Egypt to democracy, "if asked" and said "nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day."

Jewish Groups Congratulate Egypt, Hope for Continued Peace

02/11/2011
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In initial statements, Jewish groups congratulated Egyptians on ousting Hosni Mubarak and expressed hope for continued peace with Israel.

Mubarak Leaves Cairo

02/11/2011

(JTA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reportedly is leaving Cairo, but who is in control remains unclear.

Media on Friday afternoon said Mubarak was on his way to the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheik.

There were conflicting messages, however, about whether Mubarak remained in control, or whether his vice-president, Omar Suleiman, or the military had assumed control. State TV said an announcement was imminent.

Egypt Envoy to DC: Mubarak Has Handed Off to Suleiman

02/11/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Egyptian ambassador to the United States says President Hosni Mubarak has relinquished his powers to Omar Suleiman, the vice president.

"President Mubarak transfered the powers of his presidency to his vice president," Sameh Shoukry told CNN in a phone call he said he made to clarify its reporting of Mubarak's speech Thursday night. "We can say the president is the de jure president and the vice president is the de facto president."

Unrest in Egypt Reverberates at Israel’s Top Security Confab

02/10/2011
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HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA) -- In the sleek, blue auditorium filled with spotlights and large video screens at Israel's premier annual national security policy conference, all eyes were fixed on the revolution next door, in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

From the Israelis among the experts, diplomats and security officials assembled for the 11th annual Herzliya Conference near Tel Aviv, there were dark assessments and discussion of preparing for worst-case scenarios.

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