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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-29 13:00:44
Egypt's Air Sinai cancelled its flight on Monday to Israel's Ben Gurion International airport although the facility was operating as normal, an airport official said. The Egyptian carrier operates two flights per week, on Mondays and Thursdays, and it was unclear whether the flight on Thursday will take off, the official said. Monday's flight was cancelled due to the situation in Israel, the official said without elaborating. Several airlines including American, Russian and European had cancelled their flights to Israel for two days after a rocket fired by Hamas militants struck a neighbourhood to the north of Ben Gurion airport last Tuesday. These airlines resumed their flights two days later on Thursday. At least 1,092 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas. Another 48 Israeli soldiers and three civilians — two Israelis and a Thai farm worker — have also been killed in the conflict. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-29 12:58:25
American diplomacy in the Middle East in recent days may have failed to reach a ceasefire in Gaza, but it has managed to reposition the United States on an unfamiliar side of the region’s complex web of alliances. Israelis believe US Secretary of State John Kerry’s week-long ceasefire negotiations has firmly placed the US in the camp of Qatar and Turkey, both of which back the militant government of Hamas, while it has sidelined its traditional allies: Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- as well as offended the Palestinian Authority, Hamas’s rival for the leadership of the Palestinians. In the course of an eventful 24 hours, in the early hours of Monday morning, the United Nations Security Council, including the US, unanimously issued a statement that, although drafted by Jordan, the Arab council member, was based largely on a White House precis of a tense phone conversation between President Barack Obama and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the previous day in which the president called for an immediate ceasefire the prime minister refused to agree to. Later on Monday, the violence in Gaza continued, with a group of Hamas militants infiltrating Israel from a tunnel in Gaza. The infiltrators were killed, as were several Israeli soldiers. In an unrelated incident, five Israeli soldiers were killed by a mortar fired from Gaza. In the Strip, reports emerged of a hit on a hospital, which killed at least eight children. Israel said the tragedy was the result of a Hamas rocket attack on Israel that went awry. More than 1,000 have died in Gaza in the last three weeks, while Israel has lost 48 soldiers and a handful of civilians. Netanyahu announced that the Israeli military operations in Gaza will not cease until “the tunnels are neutralized.” He added that if the international community wished to see an end to the violence, “disarming Gaza must be part of the [long-term] solution.” Israeli officials noted that while the Security Council statement, as well as the White House release, concentrated on the need to rebuild Gaza after the Israeli onslaught has ceased and to abandon the blockade of Gaza and open it up for trade, it failed to mention Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic jihad by name, let alone identify their caches of rockets and newly discovered attack tunnels as the “root cause” of the current war. Stung by scathing criticism of his diplomatic efforts in the Israeli press, Kerry on Monday belatedly repeated the Israeli demand that Hamas forces in Gaza should be disarmed. By that time, however, he had been largely portrayed in Israel as siding with Hamas and its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, while ignoring the hopes and wishes of some of America’s staunchest allies in the region. Officials from Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to name a few interested parties, watched with astonishment over the weekend as Kerry engaged in Paris with Khalid al-Attiyah and Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey. Some European foreign ministers also attended the Paris summit, but the guest list noticeably didn't include any other Middle Eastern representatives. A framework for a ceasefire, influenced by the views of Qatar and Turkey, was presented by Kerry to Israel on Friday. In response, Netanyahu convened his security cabinet for a meeting that lasted until after sunset, when traditional Jews are meant to stop working as the Sabbath begins. The cabinet unanimously rejected Kerry's proposal. According to reports, the rejection of the ceasefire has united the Israeli security cabinet’s doves -- Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid -- and its hawks -- Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. Netanyahu and his Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon, who are emerging as centrist, pragmatic forces in the cabinet, were said to be angry at Kerry’s proposal. The Israeli media has heaped scorn on Kerry. Fierce Netanyahu critics fromHaaretz and Yediot Ahronot, two publications that usually praise Obama’s Middle East policies, described Kerry as either a fool who doesn’t understand the complex dynamics of the region or as “an ally of Hamas and other radical forces in the Middle East.” "We were surprised that the draft was leaked to the press,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Monday, denouncing the Israeli press criticism of Kerry as “simply not the way allies and partners treat each other." Later, the Israeli ambassador in Washington, Ron Dermer, praised the alliance between the two countries and Kerry's dedication to finding a ceasefire, but tempers were frayed in both capitals. The Palestinian Authority also expressed its anger at Kerry’s ceasefire move. As the Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh reported, officials from the Palestinian Authority fumed that no one from their faction had been invited to Paris. Fatah, the dominant party in the West Bank, sent an unsubtle message to its rival Hamas, declaring in a statement, “Those who want Qatar or Turkey to represent them should leave and go live there.” Egypt was reportedly so angry that Qatar and Turkey had been invited to the Paris talks that it declined to send its foreign minister, Sameh Shukri. The Egyptian dismay was accompanied by military action. Over the weekend, and even after the start of Eid el Fitr, the three-day holiday that ends the month of the Muslim holiday Ramadan, Egypt renewed its fierce fighting against Islamists in the eastern part of the Sinai, just west of Gaza. The government of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al Sisi has opposed the Muslim Brotherhood ever since it overthrew the elected government led by the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi last July. Although the UN security council’s statement and Kerry’s public appearances referred to Egypt’s role as the leading mediator in the international efforts to reach a Gaza ceasefire, it appears the US came to believe that the bad blood between Cairo and Hamas was unhelpful to brokering a ceasefire deal and that other mediators were urgently needed to reach even a temporary settlement. “Our communication with Hamas has been [an] indirect one, through the help of Qatar and the Turkish Government,” the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who worked in close coordination with Kerry, told reporters on Monday. While Egypt called at first for an unconditional ceasefire, Hamas insisted that for a lull in the fighting to hold it needed to show Gazans some tangible results from the three weeks of bloodshed and Israeli invasion. Toward that end, Hamas demanded the opening of border crossings, the resumption of the transfer of funds to pay party officials, the opening of a sea port and an airport and an international commitment to give large sums for the post-war restoration of Gaza’s devastated infrastructure. Israeli officials insist that Hamas was almost on the ropes last week, and before long it would have had to agree to Egypt’s demands for an unconditional ceasefire. But then, as Kerry and Ban continued consulting with the Qataris and Turks, and as Hamas’s demands were incorporated in the ceasefire deal struck in Paris, Hamas became emboldened and resumed the firing of missiles into Israel, despite Israel’s agreement to short pauses in the fighting for humanitarian aid to reach victims of the violence. Hamas has managed to survive Israel’s attack for 21 days and its top military leadership in Gaza, well protected from the violence, has largely emerged unscathed from the Israeli bombardment. Despite the devastation in the Strip, and the long-term disabling of some of Hamas’s most effective instruments of war, the organization has presented its continued ability to fight as a military victory over the mighty Israeli army. Israel, however, has been careful to claim only modest goals for its ground invasion of Gaza, known as “Operation Protective Edge.” From early on, Netanyahu was careful not to demand as a condition of peace the end of Hamas’s rule over the territory, nor the punitive destruction of Gaza as its war aims. Instead, the Israeli prime minister has maintained the line that the operation will end as soon as the threat Gaza presents to Israel has been removed. Over the last few days, many in Israel have come to the conclusion that America, its perennial and staunchest ally, has set back that goal. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-29 12:53:21
85% have anti-American feelings in Egypt, according to a new survey. According to the Pew Research Center, which questioned citizens in 44 countries, anti-American sentiment features strongly in the Middle East, while many of those in favour come from Europe and Asia. The biggest anti-American sentiment currently comes from Egypt, where 85 per cent held an unfavourable view of Uncle Sam. Meanwhile, only 10 per cent showed support for the U.S., which is viewed as having failed to oppose the overthrow of long-serving president Hosni Mubarak by the Muslim Brotherhood. The figures will come as a blow to President Barack Obama, who made an impassioned speech in Cairo in 2009 that promised to seek a 'new beginning' for the U.S. and Muslims in the wake of 9/11 and the subsequent Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Second in the list is Jordan (with 85 per cent against and 12 per cent in favour) followed by Turkey on 73 per cent. Meanwhile, in Russia, which comes fourth, pro-America reaction has plunged 28 points in just one year to 23 per cent, while the number of critics has risen to 71 per cent. This is perhaps unsurprisingly due to Washington's opposition to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea earlier this year and its ongoing antagonism in Ukraine, where pro-Moscow rebels have been blamed for shooting down flight MH17, killing 295 people. Palestinian territories complete the top five, with 66 per cent, but the 30 per cent who do like the U.S. is the highest since the survey started in 2002, according to GlobalPost. At the other end of the spectrum, however, American still has its fair share of fans. The Philippines are its strongest backers with 92 per cent and just 6 per cent opposed, followed by Israel (84 per cent), which GlobalPost notes has been sent some $115billion by the U.S. in foreign aid since the Second World War. In third place is South Korea (82 per cent) then Kenya (80 per cent) and El Salvador (80 per cent). In Europe, Italy comes out on top, with 78 per cent in favour. Source: The Daily Mail UK
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-29 12:51:21
Egypt's state news agency MENA said army forces killed seven militants and arrested four in an operation against terrorist activity in North Sinai. MENA reported the deaths occurred in an exchange of fire. Army spokesman Mohamed Samir said five motorcycles used by militants were destroyed and one privately owned vehicle missing license plates used by militants in attacks was confiscated. Egypt's army is countering an insurgency based in the North Sinai government that has so far led to the deaths of hundreds of police and army personnel. A surge in the violence occurred after the bloody dispersal of a sit-in in support of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013, moving militant activity to Egypt's capital Cairo and the Nile Delta, as well as Upper Egypt. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-29 12:45:23
Iran has proposed to Egypt to jointly deliver humanitarian cargoes to Gaza, Iranian radio reported on Monday. The radio, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a telephone conversation with his Egyptian colleague last Sunday stressed the importance of co-operation with Egypt for the earliest dispatch of food and humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip. The Iranian minister said the Islamic Republic sought to send humanitarian aid to Gaza without delay and also expressed readiness “to receive and place injured Palestinians in Iranian hospitals.” IRIB said the Egyptian foreign minister had supported this initiative. Tehran had earlier repeatedly urged Cairo to open the border crossing point again in order to facilitate the delivery of food and medicaments for Gaza residents, affected by combat actions. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-28 10:03:09
Egyptian Foreign minister Sameh Shoukry spoke extensively on ties between Egypt and Ethiopia during a meeting with a group of honours students on Sunday who had just finished their secondary education. Shoukry stated that Egypt-Ethiopia ties are ongoing despite Egypt's diminishing political role in the continent. "Our relationship with Ethiopia cannot only be reduced to the dam issue," said Shoukry, explaining that Egypt's role in Africa has been negatively affected by what he described as political escalations agitated by leaks that claim Egypt is a threat and intends to veto the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam (GRD). He affirmed that last June's meeting between Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Ethiopian counterpart in Malabo has contributed to opening new channels in the relationship between the two states. The meeting resulted in the issue of a joint statement by the two African states where they affirmed their commitment to mutual respect and cooperation in addition to vowing to respect international law and achieve joint gains. El-Sisi attended the African Union’s 23rd Ordinary Summit in Equatorial Guinea's capital last month following an 11 month freeze on Egypt's membership. "The Nile that brings us together should be a source of joint interest rather than dispute," he said explaining that Egypt aims to establish joint development projects with Ethiopia. He added that for his part the Ethiopian prime minister stressed that Egypt's share of water will not be harmed, acknowledging the importance of the Nile river to Egypt. Speaking to the young students, Shoukry also stressed the necessity of "building trust," adding that the tripartite committee will be meeting soon. The technical committee was formed by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to study the possible effects of the dam and try to generate consensus. According to state-owned news agency MENA, the committee's meeting scheduled for mid-August in the Sudanese capital was postponed for a week by Ethiopia's request. The planned Grand Renaissance Dam is a $4.2 billion hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile. The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May 2013, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about the possible effect on Egypt's share potable water supply. Ethiopia maintains that Egypt's water share will not be negatively affected by the successful completion of the project. Shoukry's meeting with students also tackled other aspects of the country's foreign policy. Regarding Egypt's souring ties with Qatar, Shoukry explained that ties with neighbouring Arab countries are considered by Egypt to be "brotherly relationships" and added that such ties must be based on "mutual respect." He added that if there is room for enhancing the Qatar-Egypt ties it will be for the benefits of the people of the two states. He also said that the issue of Palestine is still at the top of Egypt's agenda, denouncing the continuous assaults against Palestinians which have lead to the death of over 1,000 citizens, most of whom are civilians. He added the Egypt is currently "trying to bring back stability" in Palestine. Shoukry also spoke to Egypt-US ties, stressing their importance in spite of "the tension." More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-28 09:53:59
Egypt has received 94 Palestinians wounded in the embattled Gaza Strip since it opened its Rafah border crossing following the start of Israel's offensive against Gaza almost three weeks ago, Egypt's health minister has said. Twenty-one Palestinians were allowed entry on Saturday for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, minister Adel El-Adawy said in Sunday press remarks. Air and ground offensives by Israeli forces have killed 1,050 Palestinians in less than three weeks. Three of the cases remain in a critical condition at a hospital in the northern Sinai town of Al-Arish, and several patients have been sent to Cairo, El-Adawy added. The Israeli assaults have destroyed entire neighbourhoods and left thousands homeless or injured. Israel's army said Sunday that one of its soldiers was killed near the Gaza Strip, taking to 43 the number of troops killed since the start of the offensive on 8 July. The Rafah border crossing largely remains closed over security concerns in the border Sinai Peninsula, adjoining the coastal enclave and Israel, where the army is battling a growing Islamist insurgency. But authorities allowed the entry of Palestinians, intermittently opening the passage following the outbreak of the fighting in Gaza. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-28 09:46:05
Egypt's Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazi said his country had approved Ethiopia's request to postpone tripartite talks on the use of the Nile water. The meeting was scheduled to be held in mid August and Ethiopia asked to postpone it for a week. Moghazi noted that the Ethiopians said they were busy with the meetings of southern Nile Basin countries and suggested to postpone the meeting for a week. Egypt is about to send a message to Ethiopia and Sudan to hold a meeting as of August 22 and until August 24 in Khartoum, he added. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee last year to study the possible effects of Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-27 09:11:43
The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say. The main protagonists are Arab heavyweight Egypt and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, on opposite sides of a regional standoff over Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, and its ideological patron the Muslim Brotherhood. Both camps suggest the other is motivated as much by a desire to polish diplomatic prestige and crush political adversaries as by the humanitarian goal of protecting Palestinian lives from the Israeli military. “Gaza has turned very suddenly into the theatre in which this new alignment within the Arab world is being expressed,” said UK-based analyst Ghanem Nuseibeh. “Gaza is the first test for these new alliances, and this has affected the possibility of reaching a ceasefire there.” He was referring to Qatar, Turkey, Sudan and non-Arab Iran, the main members of a loose grouping of states which believe Islamists represent the future of Middle East politics. That camp stands in increasingly overt competition with a conservative, pro-Western group led by Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, most of whom are intent on crushing the Brotherhood and see it as a threat. That cleavage is now apparent in the diplomacy over Gaza. CEASEFIRE PLAN Qatar bankrolled the elected Muslim Brotherhood government of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the military a year ago. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have since poured in money to support strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the takeover and has since been elected president after outlawing and suppressing the Brotherhood. Under his rule, Egypt has tightened its stranglehold on the southern end of the Gaza Strip, closing tunnels to try to block supplies of weapons and prevent militants crossing. Egyptian officials suspect Qatar encouraged Hamas to reject a ceasefire plan Cairo put forward last week to try to end an Israeli assault that has now killed more than 500 Palestinians as well as 18 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians. Palestinian officials said the proposal contained little more than Israeli and U.S. terms for a truce. Hamas has its own demands for stopping rocket fire into Israel, including the release of prisoners and the lifting of an economic blockade. With Egypt’s initiative sidelined, all eyes turned to Doha, where visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who lives in the Qatari capital, a senior Qatari source told Reuters. An official in Cairo said the Gaza battle “is part of a regional conflict between Qatar, Egypt and Turkey. “Hamas … ran to Qatar, which Egypt hates most, to ask it for intervention, and at the end we are sure Hamas will eventually settle with an agreement that is so similar to a proposal that Egypt had offered, but with Doha’s signature.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, due in Cairo late on Monday, is likely to have to mediate between Egypt and Qatar in a bid to end the fighting in Gaza. “The dilemma is now to get Egypt and Qatar to agree. It is obvious that Hamas had delegated Qatar to be its spokesman in the talks,” said an Egyptian diplomat. “Kerry is here to try to mediate between Qatar and Egypt to agree on a deal that Hamas would approve.” Another foreign ministry source said: “Egypt will be asked by Kerry to add in Hamas’ conditions and then Kerry will go to Qatar and ask it to ask Hamas to approve the amended deal.” For reasons of history and geography, Egypt has always seen itself as the most effective mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in neighbouring Gaza. But critics say Egypt’s strongly anti-Islamist government is trying to pressure Hamas into accepting a truce offering few concessions for the group. Its aim, they say, is to weaken the movement and allied Islamist forces in Egypt. Hamas leaders said they were not consulted on the Egyptian move, and it did not address their demands. With peace efforts delicately poised, Gaza now appears to be a test of strength in a regional struggle for power. INTERFERENCE Emirati political scientist Abdulkhaleq Abdulla said Gaza mediation had seen “a lot of political interference”. “Qatar was unhappy with the Egyptian ceasefire (plan). They are very uncomfortable that it came from Egypt. The Qataris are trying to undermine Egypt politically, and the victim is the ceasefire that Egypt has proposed. “The terms of the problem are — who will present the ceasefire? Who will win the first political match between those two new camps within the Arab world?” Abdulla said. At the root of the rift are opposing attitudes to the Muslim Brotherhood, which helped sweep Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt in 2011 only to be ousted itself last year. Its ideology challenges the principle of conservative dynastic rule long dominant in the Gulf: Some of its leading members are based in Qatar and broadcast their views via the country’s media, angering other Gulf Arab states Qatar is accused of using its alliance with Hamas to elbow its way into efforts to mediate between the movement and Israel. Critics suspect Qatar wants to repair an international image clouded by months of allegations of poor labour rights, alleged corruption over the 2022 World Cup and political tensions with its Gulf Arab neighbours. But Western governments see Qatar, maverick though it be, as a potentially significant regional mediator because of its links to Islamist movements in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere. Qatar denies any ulterior motive and notes that Washington has openly asked it to talk to Hamas. Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah said on Sunday Qatar’s role was just to facilitate communication. “BLOODSHED NEEDS TO STOP” A source familiar with the matter said Qatar will not press Hamas to change or reduce its demands. In Saudi Arabia, where suspicion of Hamas is particularly strong, as an ally of the Brotherhood and of Iran, Riyadh’s main regional adversaries, newspapers have abandoned a tradition of blaming Israel alone to also attack the Palestinian group. “The Hamas leadership, from Egyptian blood to Palestinian blood,” was the headline of an opinion article by Fadi Ibrahim al-Dhahabi in the daily al-Jazeera newspaper on Sunday. He argued that Hamas was stoking the war in Gaza not for the sake of Palestinian liberation, but as part of a wider Muslim Brotherhood campaign against Egypt’s government and to win favour with Iran. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, part of a recently formed national unity government intended to overcome rivalry between Hamas and the more secular Fatah nationalist movement, told Reuters he had seen no tug-of-war among Arab states. “This is not the case. There is no competition between Arab countries, they all want to stop the bloodshed,” he said. “All Arab countries want to bring an end to this fountain of blood in Gaza, Turkey, Qatar and Egypt are all in agreement. And the leaders of these countries have put their differences aside and all agree that the bloodshed needs to stop”. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-07-27 08:54:09
Twenty-three Egyptian workers were killed in a rocket attack on Saturday in Tripoli, where militia rivalries are intensifying, state news agency MENA reported. Brigades of former rebel fighters in the Libyan capital have fought with rockets and artilleries for two weeks since a militia attacked Tripoli airport -- the worst violence in Tripoli and eastern Benghazi since the 2011 downfall of autocratic ruler Moammar Gaddafi. A Grad rocket was fired at the farm home of the Egyptian workers in Tripoli's western Karimiya region, killing them all, Alaa Hadoura, head of the Egyptian community in Libya, told MENA. The United States evacuated its embassy in Southern Tripoli on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia after the intense fighting escalated near the embassy compound. The North African nation is a main destination for Egyptian migrants seeking job opportunities abroad, mostly due to its geographical proximity and open border policies which, until 2006, had allowed Egyptians to enter and reside there with as little as a valid identification card. Last week, however, Egypt's foreign ministry warned firmly against any travel to the country amid the deadly militia violence that left at least four Egyptians dead last week in the volatile city of Benghazi, a hotbed of Islamism. The International Organisation for Migration estimates that 330,000 to 1.5 million Egyptians worked in Libya up until the ongoing unrest that began following the NATO-backed uprising that toppled Gaddafi in 2011. The number of Egyptian expats has sharply dwindled since. At least 50 have been killed in the capital since the latest bout of violence began two weeks ago, leading to the cancellation of most international flights. More»