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Egyptian Natural Gas Supplies to Israel Cut Off After Explosion

02/06/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Natural gas supplies to Israel have been cut off after an explosion in an Egyptian gas line in the Sinai Peninsula.

It is unclear whether Saturday's explosion was caused by a gas leak or by sabotage. The head of Egypt's natural gas company said the explosion was caused by a gas leak; Egyptian state television said the explosion was a result of sabotage. A security official said the blast was caused by an explosive charge detonated inside the terminal, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Gas supply was also cut off to Jordan, according to reports.

Muslim Brotherhood Threatens to Cancel Peace with Israel

02/04/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said any post-Mubarak government should dissolve its peace treaty with Israel.

"After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel," Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of the movement, told a Japanese television station, according to a report in The Washington Times.

Jewish Group Claims Hamas Hacked its Website

02/04/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) – The website of the Jewish People Policy Institute was hacked Thursday by a group that the institute claims is affiliated with Hamas.

The JPPI, a Jerusalem-based think tank that focuses on the Jewish future and Israel's security, issued a statement saying hackers took over its website, then posted a picture of an Israeli tank and a Palestinian child on the English section, and removed a recently uploaded assessment and analysis documents.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Cuts Staff, Salaries

02/04/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The aliyah organization Nefesh B'Nefesh says it has slashed18 percent of its staff and will cut the salaries of its remaining employees.

The organization last week made across-the-board cuts of 15 employees. Salary cuts were instituted at all levels as well, according to Yael Katsman, its marketing and communications director.

The cuts were first reported Thursday in Haaretz.

Services to olim will not be affected, Katsman stressed.

Mubarak Supporters Target Journalists as 'Jews'

02/04/2011

(JTA) -- Pro-Egyptian government counter-protesters in Cairo are screaming "Jew!" at foreign journalists, apparently spurred by Egyptian state TV accusations that Israeli spies are behind the protests.

"Egyptian state television has actively tried to foment the unrest by reporting that 'Israeli spies' on the unrest have infiltrated the city, which explains why many of the gangs who attack reporters shout 'yehudi!,' " Al Jazeera said in a report on its website Thursday.

The report documented increasing attacks on foreign journalists.

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. .

A Secular Bent Seen On The Street

02/02/2011
Staff Writer

 The estimated one million Egyptians who have taken to the streets of their country in the last week have a deep belief in democracy and serious concerns about Islamic extremism both in their own country and in other nations with a substantial Muslim population.

And although many also believe in Islamic or Shariah law — cutting off the hands of a thief, stoning an adulterer, death for one who leaves the Muslim religion — 61 percent say there is no struggle between those who want to modernize their country and Islamic fundamentalists.

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.

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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