Israel clears out old embassy in Cairo (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 03/22/12)
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Israel on Wednesday sent two Hercules cargo planes to empty out the
contents of the embassy in Cairo that was ransacked in September, but
diplomatic sources said this was strictly a “logistical” measure with
no political overtones.
The sources denied a Reuters report that the move was related
to “deteriorating ties between the two states,” and said Israel
simply wanted to remove the furniture and everything from offices
that were no longer in use.
Egyptian mobs stormed the embassy in September, trapping six security
guards inside who were rescued by Egyptian commandos after the US
intervened. The ambassador at the time, Yitzhak Levanon, and all but
a couple members of his staff were evacuated from Egypt.
Since then, Yaacov Amitai – the new envoy – and his skeletal staff
have worked from smaller quarters in the city. They return to Israel
No permanent facility for the embassy has yet been found.
The Reuters report hinted that the decision to empty the embassy had
to do with a parliamentary committee issuing a statement last week
during the violence in the South calling for the ambassador to be
But diplomatic sources gave a more prosaic reason: the country does
not want to pay rent for offices it is no longer using. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 03/22/12)
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