– Former Egyptian president said PM Netanyahu was prepared to return all of the Golan Heights in 1998 for peace & the opening of embassies.
– Former US Amb. to Israel, “The Syrians were never prepared to end their relations with Iran & their support for Hezbollah. That was far more important for the Assad regime than recovering the Golan Heights.”
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Syria rejected an Israeli offer to return the Golan Heights in exchange for the normalization of relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak told Egyptian media.
“I contacted the Israelis to try to recover the Golan Heights, but they demanded the opening of an Israeli embassy in Damascus and a Syrian one on their land as a kind of Syrian recognition of the Israeli state,” he told al-Hayat. Continue Reading »
The youth at Tahrir Square were not motivated by any religious ideology, commented Kerry in remarks most likely to please Egypt’s military.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused Egypt’s well-organized Muslim Brotherhood of having “stolen” the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Anti-Morsi protesters In Cairo’s Tahrir Sq. – Photo: AFP
Speaking at the State Department to leaders of multinational American firms, Kerry said the Islamist group had appropriated the revolt against Mubarak from young people who started it in large part through social media in response to what they saw of other mass protests around the Arab world. Continue Reading »
In 1st such rally by the Muslim Brotherhood, the party from which President Morsi hails, the Brotherhood protested Israeli air-strikes on Syria & the detention of a Muslim cleric.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood staged an anti-Israel rally in Cairo on Friday, the first such protest by the main backers of President Mohammed Morsi since they rose to prominence in the wake of the country’s 2011 uprising.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. – Photo by AP
Emerging from weekly services at Al-Azhar mosque — the centuries-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning — demonstrators chanted “the people want the destruction of Israel” in protest of recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria and the detention of a Palestinian Muslim cleric. Continue Reading »
After 45-year exile, Meshal welcomed by Hamas PM Haniyeh & Fatah representatives on his 1st-ever visit to Gaza
Meshal: I ask God to give me martyrdom 1 day on this land.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses said, ending 45 years of exile from the Palestinian Territories with a visit that underscored the Islamist group’s growing confidence.
Hamas chief Khaled Meshal (L) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) wave to the crowd upon Meshaal’s arrival in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. – Photo by Reuters
Meshal prayed with his head to the ground after entering Gaza through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Continue Reading »
Opponents & the supporters of Egyptian President Morsi hurl petrol bombs & stones.
Two buses torched as Health Ministry reports 110 people injured.
Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clashed in Cairo on Friday in the first street violence between rival factions since the Islamist leader took office.
An anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrator throws stones during clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, October 12, 2012. – Photo by Reuters
Islamists and their opponents threw stones, bottles and petrol bombs, and some fought hand-to-hand, showing how feelings still run high between the rival groups trying to shape the new Egypt after decades of autocracy, even though the streets have generally been calmer since Morsi’s election in June. Continue Reading »
Egyptian daily al-Shuruq says 22 men, including Palestinians, Syrians, and Jordan’s planned to destabilize country following poll results, obtained police uniform and weapons.
Egyptian security forces arrested a suspected terror ring, thought to have planned attacks against targets in the Sinai in an attempt to destabilize the country following a key run-off presidential election, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Sunday.
The reported bust comes on the second day of voting in Egypt, pitting Ahmed Shadiq, former premier under Hosni Mubarak, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, and follows reported attempts by the Brotherhood to strike Israeli targets in order to sway election results. Continue Reading »