After 6 years, Israeli Embassy may soon reopen in Cairo


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The Israeli Embassy in Cairo is expected to resume routine activities in the near future after six years of only partial operations, Israeli officials said Tuesday.

The Egyptian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

In 2011, the embassy building was evacuated after it was attacked by an angry mob.

Last December, due to credible threats about a possible terror attack on the embassy, Israel's ambassador to Egypt was summoned home. Israel asked Egyptian authorities to implement a series of security measures before returning the envoy, but Egypt denied the requests.

Officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the ambassador's eight-month absence was significant and that it marked the longest period of time the embassy had remained unmanned since Israel and Egypt signed their peace treaty in 1979.

Haaretz reported Tuesday that an Israeli delegation, comprised of officials from the Foreign Ministry and Shin Bet security agency, met with senior Egyptian officials ahead of the embassy's reopening. According to the report, the meeting was not the first of its kind.

Israel is demanding new security measures around the embassy and the ambassador's residence. One Israeli diplomat noted that Israel's relationship with Egypt on matters of security and defense is conducted out of the public eye, but at the highest levels and in a positive manner.

Posted on August 16, 2017 .