A brief conversation with a New York Times journalist in Jerusalem.
Security and the recent war in Gaza top the agenda as Israelis cast their votes this week but what about the role played by Israel’s former foe and current ally in the south - Egypt. As the conflict raged in Gaza, Egypt refused to open its borders. Egyptian streets boiled with anger as people demonstrated not just against Israel, but also against their own government. So did Cairo really side with Israel against its Muslim neighbours? Lucy Ash investigates the behind-the-scenes role played by Egypt and its President Hosni Mubarak in the Gaza crisis and she reports from the Rafafh border which has become such a key symbol of this conflict.
Israel launched three air strikes on what it says are smuggling tunnels that connect Gaza with Egypt – Palestinian doctors say four people were injured from the strike. The attack came in response to five mortar shells fired by Gaza’s armed wing of the Hamas Party into Southern Israel. Meanwhile, the United Nations has hinted that it may reconsider war crimes investigations into Israel’s three-week attack on the Gaza strip. Gaza residents continue to live out the repercussions of those attacks. Rami Almeghari reports that tens of thousands of residents still lack running water.
Dr. Allin will speak on the tangle of Middle East crises: Iran’s growing nuclear challenge, the impasse on Israel-Palestine, and the consequences of both for President Obama’s efforts to recast America’s relations with the world’s Muslims. This event marks the publication of Dr Allin’s latest book The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War. Dana H. Allin is Editor, Survival, and Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He is also Adjunct Professor of European Studies at the Bologna Center of the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University.