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Israel backtracks on plans to tax churches in Jerusalem

Israel has suspended a plan to tax church properties in Jerusalem following a backlash. In response, Christian leaders have reopened the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after closing it due to the controversial measures. The Israeli government said on Tuesday it would suspend a controversial tax and expropriation bill that Christian leaders in Jerusalem had …

Daily News Egypt

Eastern Mediterranean gas hub: source for regional harmony or dissension 

The Eastern Mediterranean region has become a hotspot of international energy discussions in the last decade, following a series of large-scale gas discoveries off the coasts of Egypt, Cyprus, and Israel. To utilise such potential, with confirmed reserves of about 2,000bn cubic metres (bcm) of gas, plenty of export and regional cooperation scenarios are being …

Mohamed Samir

Israel strikes back after Syria downs F-16 

Israel has struck what it described as Iranian targets inside Syria in raids, in retaliation to the Friday downing of an Israeli F-16 jet. Israel’s raids came after it had intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, which it labelled an “attack.” The incident marked the first occasion that …

Daily News Egypt

An oft-neglected Russian connection

One of the least-talked about questions is the coordination and cooperation between Israel and Russia in dealing with regional developments in the Middle East and how far this cooperation has gone in defending Israel’s security interests, particularly, against an expansionist Iran. With the Syrian government winning the war against terrorism and the armed groups which …

Hussein Haridi

Catastrophe of the century

We are in a time of no rules and no politics. The whole world is like a cat that fell into a basket full of strings. The more it tries to get out of it, the more complicated it becomes. We have small and medium international interest groups in the Arab region, which increases the …

Abdallah Al-Moghazy

Op-ed review: Palestinian issue, alternatives to two-state solution

The repercussions of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel continued to be the most discussed topic in Egyptian newspapers. Abdul Moneim Saeed wrote, in the stat-run daily Al-Ahram, in an op-ed titled “Revision of the Palestinian cause” that the two-state solution is over on the ground because “nobody is serious about …

Amira El-Fekki

Into the unknown

Arab foreign ministers met, in an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the League of Arab States on Saturday, to discuss how to deal with the American decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that was announced by US President Donald Trump on 6 December. The American recognition of Jerusalem as …

Hussein Haridi

Lemon Tree: camera as tool to deconstruct borders in Arab-Israeli conflict

Lemon Tree brings the camera to the borders. The film takes place at the separation line, or the “Green Line”, that separates the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank from Israel. Unlike the checkpoints, the borders are not owned by any side. However, the ones who control the regulations on whom and what should …

Adham Youssef

Talks between Egypt and Israel on re-opening embassy in Cairo: Israeli media

Security arrangements are allegedly ongoing between Israel and Egypt to prepare for the re-opening of the Israeli embassy in Cairo and the return of its ambassador. Israeli media Haaretz reported on Monday that Israeli officials arrived in Cairo on Sunday, but The Jerusalem Post said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs abstained from commenting. Ambassador …

Daily News Egypt