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Israel gets unexpected boost from ancient enemy amid the disturbing decline of top ally

The Israel-Egypt border at Sinai.

Special to By Norman Bailey Various regional developments are proceeding almost unnoticed in the Middle East, even by the Israeli press. Consider President al-Sisi’s isolation of Gaza. As usual, truly important developments are obscured by the daily crush of […]

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Energy firm plans expansion of Israel’s Tamar gas field, with pipeline to Egypt

The Tamar offshore gas field. / Albatross

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s offshore Tamar natural gas field could undergo an upgrade to increase capacity and build a new pipeline. The gas field has been prepared for an upgrade of up to $2 billion by Spain’s […]

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Border alert — Egypt: Military doubles buffer zone against Hamas, Gaza Strip

Overview of the rubble of buildings destroyed by the Egyptian military on Nov. 4 in the border town of Rafah. / Mohamed El-Sherbeny / AFP / Getty Images

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has decided to expand its controversial buffer zone with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The government said it would double the size of its planned buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula. In a statement, the […]

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The path to happiness for new EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini


Special to New age religion: The road to universal happiness passes through the creation of the Palestinian State. By Alexander Maistrovoy Right after taking office, Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign minister, said she “would be happy if by […]

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Egypt to evacuate, then level city of Rafah to seal border with Gaza Strip

Rafah, Egypt on the border with the Gaza Strip. /  Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90

Special to CAIRO — Egypt plans to evacuate the divided city of Rafah and build another community five kilometers away. Egyptian sources said the military plans to destroy Rafah over the next year. They said thousands of residents would […]

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Israel approves Egypt request to deploy 1,000 additional troops to Sinai

The latest Egyptian request would allow the deployment of up to a squadron of attack helicopters in Sinai.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has approved an Egyptian request for additional military units in the turbulent Sinai Peninsula. Military sources said Israel endorsed an Egyptian request for about 1,000 additional troops in Sinai. They said two battalions […]

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Egypt plans to finance repayment of 4.9 billion oil debt

Egypt Oil Minister Sherif Ismail.

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has pledged to repay its huge foreign energy debt by mid-2015. The Oil Ministry said Egypt would defray its $4.9 billion debt to foreign contractors within six months. The ministry said it would borrow […]

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Egypt Navy comes under attack by ‘terrorists’ near Suez Canal

Container ships in the Suez Canal. /AP

Special to CAIRO — The Egyptian Navy has come under its first attack in decades. Officials said the Egyptian Navy was ambushed by at least four boats near the Suez Canal. They said the Egyptian Air Force sent combat […]

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Egypt continues shift toward Russia

Nabil Fahmy.

Special to MOSCOW — Egypt envisions Russia as becoming a key military supplier. A former senior official said Egypt intends to develop defense and security cooperation with the Kremlin. Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Cairo would conclude […]

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‘Sons of Sinai have decided to fight back’: Bedouins back Egypt’s military

'Sons of Sinai'

Special to CAIRO — Bedouins have organized a militia to battle Islamic rebels in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Bedouins were said to have formed a militia meant to target Al Qaida-aligned forces in Sinai. The force plans to focus on […]

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