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Saudi crown prince meets Israeli officials on normalizing Israeli-Saudi ties

A London-based Arabic daily reported Wednesday that the Saudi Crown Prince discussed normalizing Israeli-Saudi ties and President Trump’s planned “deal of the century” with Israeli officials in Egypt.
• The Saudis reportedly also invited Israel to join in the unprecedented ‘mega-city venture’ in the Gulf of Aqaba.

By Israel Hayom Staff

 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with senior Israeli officials during his visit to Egypt this week, the London-based Arab newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Wednesday.

The report said the meeting focused on the normalization of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and included Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the “deal of the century,” the Middle East peace plan being devised by U.S. Continue Reading »

Egyptian President: “We scored a big goal” in $15B gas deal made with Israel

Egyptian President al-Sissi praised the $15 billion natural gas arrangement with an Israeli energy company that will facilitate Egypt’s move into a regional energy hub with the purchase of 64b m³ of gas to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings over 10 years.

By The Associated Press

 

The Egyptian president declared that his country “scored a goal” by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi’s televised remarks were the first high-level comments on the deal that fueled controversy on social media.

The project “has a lot of advantages for us (Egyptians). Continue Reading »

WATCH: Netanyahu announces $15B natural gas deal sold to Egypt

Gas operators Delek and Noble of Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields will supply Egypt with seven billion cubic meters of gas annually, in a deal worth an estimated $15 billion.

By MAX SCHINDLER

 

The operators of Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields have signed decade-long contracts to sell $15 billion worth of natural gas to Egypt, according to a statement from Delek Drilling on Monday.

Israel announces new agreement to export natural gas to Egypt, February 19, 2018./GPO – TRANSLATION: “I welcome the historic agreement now published on the export of Israeli gas to Egypt. This will bring billions into the coffers of the state, in favor of the education, health and welfare of Israeli citizens. Continue Reading »

REVEALED: NYT reports Israeli jets hit over 100 ISIS targets in Sinai

Although the Israeli Air Force operations were coordinated with Egyptian authorities, officials from Jerusalem and Cairo refused to confirm the New York Times report.

By DANIEL J. ROTH

 

NEW YORK – Egypt has allowed Israel to conduct more than 100 air strikes in northern Sinai in an effort to root out terrorists affiliated with Islamic State, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign in the area with the approval of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has struggled to contain the deadly threat in the restive peninsula, according to the report. Continue Reading »

Egyptian authorities asking TV celebrities to tell Palestinians to accept Jerusalem declaration

Egyptian officials says that since many other renowned Muslims in the region have acknowledged that Jerusalem doesn’t really hold much religious significance for Islam, there’s really no reason why the Palestinians can’t accept Ramallah as their capital.

By Israel Today Staff

 

In a hushed, roundabout way, Egyptian authorities are pressing the Palestinians to accept US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as the new reality.

A senior intelligence officer speaking on behalf of Egypt’s defense establishment was taped phoning a number of popular local television talk show hosts to encourage them to deliver that message to their viewers. Continue Reading »

al-Sisi tells Netanyahu in NYC, Egypt wants to assist Israel in peace efforts with Palestinians

Having become successively involved in recent efforts to stabilize the situation in Gaza, in bringing about a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, Egypt reaches out to PM Netanyahu, offering his services to do likewise vis-à-vis the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

BY HERB KEINON

 

NEW YORK – It is not every day that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets leaders of Arab countries publicly and with cameras capturing the moment.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President al-Sisi in a friendly, productive meeting in New York. – Photo: AVI OHAYON of Israel’s GPO at the UN

In fact, it has hardly ever happened in the eight years since Netanyahu became prime minister for the second time in 2009. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Embassy in Cairo thanks Egypt for restoring ancient synagogue

 

Israel’s Army Radio reported on Tuesday that Israel thanked the Egyptian government in a statement from its Egyptian Embassy, for its decision to renovate the 160 yr-old synagogue in Alexandria.

By Ben Ariel

 

Israel has thanked the Egyptian government for its decision to renovate the ancient synagogue in Alexandria, Army Radio reported on Tuesday.

According to the radio station, the Israeli embassy in Cairo issued a statement saying that Israel appreciates the decision, which is an expression of interest in minorities.

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, located in Nabi Daniel Street, in Alexandria, Egypt. Photo: Moshirah-Wikimedia

Last week, the Egyptian government announced it approved a $22 million plan to restore the 160-year-old Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Abbas rejected Egyptian led peace summit including regional Arab leaders

 

Causing friction with Egyptian President al-Sissi, the PA autocrat Abbas rejected the Arab led regional peace summit, using Israel as an excuse, spouting, ‘Israel wasn’t serious about peace’.

By i24NEWS

 

Some Arab Quartet states stopped their donations in mid-2016 in order to pressure PA President Mahmoud Abbas to initiate political reforms that will lead to peace with Israel. – IsraelandStuff/PP

Palestinian President Mahmuod Abbas opposed attempts made last year to hold a regional peace summit hosted by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi with the participation of other Arab leadersHaaretz reported Sunday.

Palestinian sources told Haaretz that an offer made by President Sissi to host a summit in Egypt angered President Abbas as he thought the Israeli government would not be serious about the peace initiative in negotiations. Continue Reading »

Ramifications to yesterday’s UNSC resolution: Legal boycotts, sanctions & ICC lawsuits

 

view videoAlthough the anti-Israel resolution adopted by the UN Security Council has no immediate practical ramifications, it could pave the way for lawsuits against Israel at the ICC, the EU and others could initiate sanctions against any Israeli company or institution seen as violating resolution, and of course this resolution legitimizes boycotts on all settlement products, services, and organizations.

By Itamar Eichner

 

The UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334, which was adopted on Friday, may not have immediate practical ramifications, but it could open the door to lawsuits against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and for sanctions to be imposed on Israel—both by the UN and by individual countries. Continue Reading »

Israel accuses Obama of conniving, “shameful move against Israel at the UN”

 

Israeli officials are fuming at President Obama. “The US administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tail wind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall occupied Palestinian territory.”
– In betraying Israel in such an unprecedented way, Obama was also forcing a new, anti-Israel policy, on the upcoming Trump presidency.

By Elior Levy and Roi Kais

 

An Israeli official on Friday accused President Barack Obama of colluding with the Palestinians in a “shameful move against Israel at the UN” after learning the White House did not intend to veto a Security Council resolution condemning settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem the day before. Continue Reading »

CNN, NBC, Reuters each have sources Obama planned to betray Israel at UN

 

Diplomats expose the Obama administration for planning to allow  the anti-Israel resolution, a unilateral move by Abbas’ Palestinian Authority, that sought to bypass direct peace talks with the Jewish state and undermine Israel by classifying Jewish home construction in Judea & Samaria and parts of Jerusalem as illegal.

By Elad Benari

 

The United States was planning to abstain from the vote at the UN Security Council on a resolution which would have called on Israel to halt “settlement building”, U.S.-based media outlets reported on Thursday.

Several diplomatic sources told NBC News that the outgoing Obama administration had planned to abstain from the vote, which would have been seen as a slight to Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel turns to Egypt to postpone UNSC anti-Israel resolution after Obama’s silence

 

view videoAfter Obama’s months-long refusal to guarantee an American veto, Israel persuades Egypt to postpone today’s UN security council vote requiring Israel’s ‘immediate and complete halt to all [Jewish] construction in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.’
– WATCH: Netanyahu urges US to veto resolution.

By Reuters

 

Egypt postponed “potentially indefinitely” a UN Security Council vote on Thursday on a resolution it proposed demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, diplomats said, saying Cairo acted under pressure from Israel.

US's Obama vs Egypt's Fattah al-Sisi, who's the most dependable? - Wikimedia Commons

US’s Obama vs Egypt’s Fattah al-Sisi, who’s the most dependable? – Wikimedia Commons

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel, put off the vote because of pressure from Israel, diplomats said. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Foreign Minister tells students: ‘No connection between Israel and terrorism’

 

Egypt’s Foreign Minister was chastise in the Arabic media for answers he gave high school students visiting the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo, saying, ‘Israel isn’t connected to terrorism,’ after being asked why attacks occur all over the Arab world, but not in Israel.

By Roi Kais

 

Egyptian Foreign Minister Samah Shoukry was speaking with Egyptian high school students at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo when he was asked why the Egyptian government doesn’t define Israeli and American actions in the Middle East as terrorism.

Egyptian high student asking Foreign Minister Shoukry a question – Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister

The student also inquired as to why attacks occur all over the Arab world, but not in Israel. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Army arrested 70 Sudanese migrants attempting to enter Israel

 

According to an AP report, the Sudanese embassy is in contact with Egyptian authorities regarding status of 70 Sudanese nationals being detained in a Cairo prison after illegally entering the Sinai.

By i24news

 

Egyptian authorities arrested some 70 Sudanese nationals as they attempted to enter Israel, Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ghareeb Allah Khidi said Saturday in a report on the SUNA news agency, according to the Associated Press.

The border fence along Israel’s border with Egypt near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat. – Photo: AFP

The Sudanese embassy was maintaining contact with Egyptian security authorities to follow up on the status and treatment of the Sudanese nationals, who had been detained in a Cairo prison, the spokesman said, according to the report. Continue Reading »

2nd Olympic medal for Israel: Or Sasson takes bronze in judo

view videoJust hours after Egyptian rival refused to shake hands after his loss, Israeli judoka, Or Sasson, wins a bronze medal in the men’s 100 kg plus weight class.

Elad Benari, Canada

 

Israeli judoka Or Sasson on Friday won a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, after winning a consolation round in the men’s 100 kilogram plus weight class.

Sasson defeated Cuban Alex Garcia Mendoza, shortly after losing a semifinal match to world champion Teddy Riner.

The medal gives Israel its second bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Earlier this week, judoka Yarden Gerbi won a bronze medal after defeating Japan’s Miku Tashiro in the women’s Judo under 63 kg category. Continue Reading »