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St. Louis Jewish Light

The wreckage of an Egyptian military vehicle after militants burst through a security fence into Israel at a military base along its Egyptian border, Aug. 6, 2012.

Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relationship

By Marcy Oster, JTA August 7, 2012

JERUSALEM — The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president. Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai...

Morton A. Klein

ZOA President expresses concerns over Israel’s security

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 4, 2012

Morton A. Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is concerned that it “may already be too late” for effective military action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and believes the election of Mohamed Morsi,...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt less than three weeks before the protests there led to Mubarak’s downfall, January 2011.

With Muslim Brotherhood’s ascendancy, Mubarak’s legacy is upended

By Ron Kampeas, JTA June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi is the declared winner of Egypt’s presidential race and his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, reportedly continues to lie near death in a coma — just like the legacy he tried to craft for himself...

A protester outside Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo carrying a sign that reads “No to Shafiq and to the Muslim Brotherhood and down with military rule too,” June 14, 2012. 

Egyptian military’s anti-democratic moves may benefit Israel

By Uriel Heilman , JTA June 20, 2012

TEL AVIV — Egypt’s military coup is now nearly complete. That may be distressing for Egyptian democracy, but it could help the Israel-Egypt relationship. Sunday’s decision by military rulers in Egypt to rewrite the country’s constitution — a...

James Lago, a street merchant in Juba, South Sudan, with the Israeli flag.

South Sudan, world’s youngest nation, develops unlikely friendship with Israel

By Armin Rosen, JTA May 17, 2012

JUBA, South Sudan – This city in the world’s newest country is not your typical Arabic-speaking capital. For one thing, most of the city’s inhabitants are Christian. For another, the Israeli flag is ubiquitous here. Miniature Israeli flags hang...

In latest clashes, a new technology vies with old grievances and internal power struggles

By Mati Wagner, JTA March 12, 2012

JERUSALEM—If Israel has its way, this is how future conflicts with Gaza-based terrorists will unfold: Israeli aircraft launch surgical strikes on rocket launchers; terrorist leaders are assassinated as necessary; Israeli civilians along the southern...

Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel attacked for 13th time

JTA March 5, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Egypt's gas pipeline to Israel was attacked for the 13th time in a year. Monday's explosion west of El Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula came after masked gunmen attacked the pipeline, Reuters reported. The extent of the damage is unclear,...

Egypt lifts travel ban on U.S. NGO workers

JTA March 1, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Egypt has lifted a travel ban on American NGO workers who are charged with using foreign funds to incite violence in the country. Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, is one of the 16 American NGO employees whose...

Israel’s new envoy presents credentials in Cairo

JTA February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel's new ambassador to Egypt presented his credentials at a ceremony in Cairo. Yaacov Amitai is the first Israeli envoy named to Egypt since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak one year ago. The Israeli national anthem was played at Monday's...

Protesters in the aftermath of deadly riots march in Cairo on
Feb. 3 2012. The increasing chaos in Egypt, including the recent
arrest of U.S. democracy activists, has raised questions about how
it factors into U.S. and Israel security considerations in the
region.

Threats to cut Egypt assistance could impact Israel, U.S. influence in Mideast

By Ron Kampeas February 12, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The future of a key pillar of Israeli security could rest with the fate of a few dozen pro-democracy activists in Egypt. After Egyptian authorities filed charges on Feb. 6 against 43 American and other foreign pro-democracy activists who...

Calls grow in Congress to reconsider Egypt aid

JTA February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Calls are growing in Congress to reconsider U.S. aid to Egypt. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), the chairwoman of the foreign operations subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, said Tuesday that a recent...

Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel attacked for 12th time

JTA February 5, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Egypt's gas pipeline to Israel was attacked for the 12th time in the last year. Sunday's attack near El Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula came after masked gunmen planted explosives under the pipeline, security officials told AFP, the...

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