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Egypt tries to thwart Israel's plans in Europe
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Edited on Tue Jun-03-08 02:41 AM by Behind the Aegis
Egypt has recently been attempting to thwart a proposed agreement to upgrade Israel's relationship with the European Union.

The proposed deal would significantly improve Israeli access to European markets, and could thus add billions of dollars to Israel's economy.

Israel first learned of the Egyptian efforts about two months ago, thanks to a tip received via diplomatic channels. The Foreign Ministry began investigating, and discovered that Cairo had instructed its ambassadors in Europe to wage a diplomatic campaign against the agreement.

As part of this campaign, Egyptian ambassadors in London, Paris, Brussels, Spain, Rome and other European capitals have met with high-level Foreign Ministry officials in their respective countries to ask them to reconsider the agreement. The Egyptian argument is that in light of Israel's ongoing construction in West Bank settlements and its blockade of Gaza, the EU must not reward Jerusalem in any way.

After confirming this Egyptian effort, Israel decided to confront Cairo. Senior Foreign Ministry officials warned their Egyptian counterparts that Israel views this effort very gravely and wants it stopped. However, the Egyptians denied any wrongdoing.

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  -Egypt tries to thwart Israel's plans in Europe Behind the Aegis  Jun-03-08 02:29 AM   #0 
  - And do we care??  Hardrada   Jun-03-08 02:35 AM   #1 
  - Does it matter if you do?  Behind the Aegis   Jun-03-08 02:43 AM   #2 
  - Yes, we do.  Shaktimaan   Jun-03-08 03:39 AM   #3 
  - I do and so do many others  rpannier   Jun-03-08 05:19 AM   #5 
  - Some do; some don't.  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 09:45 AM   #7 
     - Some of the most horrific anti-semitism  Vegasaurus   Jun-03-08 09:48 AM   #9 
        - Yes - I've heard that there's a lot of antisemitism in the Egyptian media.  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 03:32 PM   #20 
  - Does Egypt  notfullofit   Jun-03-08 04:21 AM   #4 
  - shh  pelsar   Jun-03-08 09:48 AM   #8 
  - If I were  notfullofit   Jun-03-08 12:26 PM   #13 
     - While I see your point...  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 01:09 PM   #14 
        - In what way  notfullofit   Jun-03-08 01:22 PM   #15 
           - I don't see this either  Vegasaurus   Jun-03-08 01:28 PM   #16 
           - The Christian  notfullofit   Jun-03-08 02:40 PM   #17 
              - To clarify: which newspapers?  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 03:16 PM   #19 
                 - Report on Global Anti-Semitism  notfullofit   Jun-03-08 03:43 PM   #21 
                    - Yes. No denying that it's a significant problem...  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 04:36 PM   #22 
                       - I agree,  notfullofit   Jun-03-08 06:04 PM   #23 
           - They appear to be a potential danger to anyone who's not Christian.  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 03:04 PM   #18 
  - Precisely my point above!  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 09:55 AM   #10 
     - Do you think Israel will ever become a member of the EU?  oberliner   Jun-03-08 10:53 AM   #11 
        - I think it's unlikely to happen soon at any rate...  LeftishBrit   Jun-03-08 11:59 AM   #12 
  - Thanks for the post  rpannier   Jun-03-08 05:20 AM   #6 
 

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