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  • Democracy for Egypt?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Let's try to make this simple:

    For both the United States and Israel, the most convenient situation amid the inconvenience that is current Egypt is for the military to be in charge. Not just now, but for the foreseeable future, as well. Alas, however, the more the military is...

  • Morsi, army refuse to budge as deadline passes

    July 3, 2013 | 8:59 am

    Egypt's army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Morsi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.

    Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a country racked by demonstrations over Morsi's...

  • Egyptian protesters penetrate barrier at Morsi’s palace

    December 7, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Egyptian protesters broke through a barbed wire barricade keeping them from the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday and some climbed onto army tanks and waved flags.

    Up to 10,000 protesters had been penned behind the barrier, guarded by tanks that were deployed on Thursday...

  • Morsi’s decree leaves U.S. in hot seat

    November 29, 2012 | 10:45 am

    [Cairo] As a staunch advocate of democracy, the American administration’s position was brought into question when Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi awarded himself sweeping powers in a game-changing constitutional declaration announced last week.

    The declaration, which rendered the...

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  • Israel requests reservists after rockets target cities

    November 16, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.

    The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel's Gaza...

  • Jerusalem and Tel Aviv under rocket fire, Netanyahu warns Gaza

    November 16, 2012 | 9:02 am

    Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades on Friday and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a stinging challenge to Israel's Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a truce.

    The attacks came just hours after Egypt's prime...

  • Islamist leaders vow unity against Israel

    November 15, 2012 | 10:22 am

    At a conference that drew a roll-call of the Islamist leaders who have gained influence in the wake of Arab Spring revolts, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal won a noisy welcome and pledges of support on Thursday.

    A day after Israel assassinated Hamas's top commander in the Gaza Strip...

  • Rockets hit near Tel Aviv as war looms over Gaza

    November 15, 2012 | 10:12 am

    [UPDATE 11:13 am] Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip targeted Tel Aviv on Thursday in the first attack on Israel's commercial capital in 20 years, raising the stakes in a showdown between Israel and the Palestinians that is moving towards all-out war.

    Earlier Hamas rocket ...

  • Obama speaks to Israeli, Egyptian leaders about Gaza violence

    November 14, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    President Barack Obama spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and reiterated U.S. support for Israel's right to self-defense in light of rocket attacks from Gaza, the White House said.

    Obama spoke to the leaders about...

  • Egypt withdraws tanks from Sinai

    September 3, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Egypt has withdrawn some 20 tanks from Sinai in response to Israel's security concerns, according to an unnamed Egyptian official.

    The official spoke Monday to The Associated Press about the withdrawal, which comes a month after Egyptian troops, including tanks and other...

  • Egypt’s President Morsi to decline Israel visit invitation

    August 29, 2012 | 8:40 am

    A day after Israel’s foreign minister called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to visit Israel, a Muslim Brotherhood official called such a visit impossible.

    “There is no possibility for Morsi to visit the Zionist entity,” Gamal Heshmat of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and...

  • U.N. chief defies U.S., Israel; plans trip to Tehran

    August 22, 2012 | 9:56 am

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Tehran next week, defying calls from the United States and Israel to boycott the event, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday.

    A spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission said it...

  • Struggling to maintain normalcy near the troubled Sinai border

    August 14, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Drivers who reach the end of Israeli Route 232 purportedly face a choice: A sign points them either northwest, toward the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, or southeast, toward the Nitzana border crossing between Egypt and Israel.

    But the intersection —...

  • Egypt media say six Sinai “terrorists” held after attack

    August 10, 2012 | 9:49 am

    The Egyptian army has captured six people it regards as “terrorists” in Sinai after an attack on a police station earlier this week that killed 16 border guards near the border with Israel, a military source told state media on Friday.

    Egypt sent hundreds of troops and armored...

  • Egypt denies Morsi letter sent to Israel

    July 31, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    Israel said on Tuesday it had received a letter from Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi indicating he wanted to work for peace in the Middle East, but Morsi’s office later denied sending it.

    An Israeli official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the denial was to be expected, due to...

  • Egypt’s Morsi keen to renew long-severed Iran ties

    June 25, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Egypt’s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Morsi voiced interest in restoring long-severed ties with Tehran to create a strategic “balance” in the region, in an interview published on Monday with Iran’s Fars news agency.

    Morsi’s comments are likely to unsettle Western powers as they...