Analysis: A (moderately) hopeful sign for Israel from Cairo

To Dore Gold, director- general of the Foreign Ministry, fell the honor on Wednesday of raising for the third time the flag above the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

Yossi Hadas had been the first. It was on February 17, 1980, and the building, a modest villa in Dokki. After 30 years of wars and hostility, it was a truly historic moment. Peace had been made between the two neighbors, and with it hope for fruitful cooperation for the benefit of both peoples leading, perhaps, to peace between Israel and other Arab countries.

The late Eliahu Ben Elissar raised the flag on what had been intended to be the permanent building, a modern high-rise in Giza, on the west side of the Nile.


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