Israeli flag raised over new embassy in Cairo, four years after mob attack

Israel reopened its embassy in Cairo on Wednesday, four years to the day after a mob ransacked the embassy, forcing Israel to airlift its diplomats out of the country and plunging the two countries into their worst diplomatic crisis in 30 years.

Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold, who flew to Cairo for the ceremony, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi succeeded in “deflecting the threat, and we are working together for the sake of stability and prosperity in the Middle East.”

Egypt, Gold said, “will always be the biggest and most important state in the region, and it is no wonder that the Arab world called Egypt Um al-Dunya, mother of the world.”


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