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Egypt - Report: Israel Will Soon Re-Open Embassy In Cairo

Published on: August 15, 2017 07:50 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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FILE - An Egyptian protester spray-paints the words "Down Israel" on a wall of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo September 4, 2011. REUTERSFILE - An Egyptian protester spray-paints the words "Down Israel" on a wall of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo September 4, 2011. REUTERS

Egypt - Israel will soon re-open its embassy in Cairo, some nine months after it was closed due to security concerns, Israel media widely reported Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministry would not confirm the reports, saying it does not discuss security arrangements at Israeli embassies.

Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, David Govrin, was pulled out of the country with the entire embassy staff in December. He has been working out of Jerusalem since.

“Due to security concerns, we have limited the return of the Foreign Ministry embassy team to Cairo,” the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said at the time.


Haaretz reported on Tuesday that an Israeli security team went to Cairo in recent weeks to review security arrangements needed to reopen the embassy, and a Foreign Ministry team was there on Sunday for the same purpose earlier this week.

Israel reopened its embassy in Cairo in September of 2015, four years to the day after a mob invaded and trashed the legation. The incident forced Israel to airlift its diplomats out of Egypt, and thus plunged the countries into a series of diplomatic crises — the worst diplomatic crises between the two neighbors in 30 years.

On September 9, 2011, during the height of the “Arab Spring” and half a year after Hosni Mubarak was overthrown, thousands of protesters stormed the embassy, using light poles as battering rams to demolish a protective wall around the compound.

Six security guards took refuge in a safe room in the embassy, and were finally evacuated hours later by Egyptian commandos, following direct intervention from then-US President Barack Obama.

Even as Israel is on the verge of re-opening the embassy in Cairo, there is no indication of when it will send its ambassador and staff back to Jordan.

Israel removed its embassy staff last month following the an incident in the embassy on July 23 when a security guard was stabbed, and then killed the attacker and a bystander.

The Jordanian government said last week it will not allow the return of ambassador Einat Schlein until Israel guarantees that the guard will be investigated and brought to trial.

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