Tensions Mount between Egypt and Israel

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Tensions have mounted between Egypt and Israel over the deaths of five Egyptian security officers by an Israeli warplane. While Egypt has not announced that it is recalling its ambassador to Israel, the possibility remains despite a rare statement from the Israeli government expressing regret for the incident. Continue reading ‘Tensions Mount between Egypt and Israel.’

Egypt Opens Rafah Crossing

The huge barb-wired fences that used to separate Egypt from the Gaza Strip have finally been opened. The barrier, which completely encircles the Gaza Strip, was erected between 1994 and 2005 in accordance with the Oslo Accords and the Interim Agreement on the Gaza Strip and Westbank signed by the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The barrier was torn down by fighting and replaced in 2001, and soldiers have the authority to shoot and kill anyone they see trying to cross without permission. The Strip is controlled by Hamas, a military political organization. The Gaza Strip has been, since 2005, effectively shut off from the outside world. Continue reading ‘Egypt Opens Rafah Crossing.’

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s new Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu, of the right-wing Likud party was sworn in as Prime Minister of Israel on April 1st, 2009 replacing the outgoing prime minister, Ehud Olmert. This result effectively ends nine months of political uncertainty in his country caused by close elections in February following the announcement of Mr. Olmert’s plans to step down in the light of recent corruption allegations made against him. Continue reading ‘Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s new Prime Minister.’

Ex-President of Israel Indicted for Rape

Moshe Katsav, a former President of Israel will be indicted for rape and sexual assault; the Attorney General announced on Monday March 9th. In a press conference held on Thursday, Katsav has lashed out at the Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, many members of the law enforcement community and the political establishment as well as the women who have filed sexual assault charges against him. Continue reading ‘Ex-President of Israel Indicted for Rape.’

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