Israel apologises to Egypt over deaths

2011-08-20 18:17

Jerusalem - Israel apologised to Egypt on Saturday for the deaths of three Egyptian soldiers during a cross-border clash with Palestinian militants, hours after Cairo threatened to withdraw its ambassador.

Israel has blamed Palestinians from Gaza who came through Egypt's Sinai desert for killing eight Israelis after they crossed the border. The violence is testing Israel's landmark 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, already strained by the fall of long time autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.

"Israel deeply regrets the deaths of the Egyptian officers," Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said.

The statement came after Egypt threatened to recall its ambassador to protest the killings of its soldiers. The Egyptian government put an announcement on its website overnight saying it had pulled the envoy, but later backtracked and said it was only considering the move.

On Thursday, the militants who crossed from Egypt launched a series of attacks on cars and buses in Israel's south. Egypt says that the three soldiers were killed in an Israeli airstrike along the Israel-Sinai border in response to the attacks.

  • j4truth - 2011-08-20 19:51

    When are the 'palestinians' going to apologize for attacking Israel?????

      Fed-Up - 2011-08-20 19:58

      When Israel stops steal land by building settlements and allows aid into Gaza. Make no mistake I am NOT pro Palestinian - but Israel is not Squeaky Clean! If they really wanted peace they would stop building settlements and try to help the arabs to help themselves. anyway - I do not think a two state policy will work - force them together and for their own good they will make it work! It will be difficult - look at SA - but no one was allowed homelands and separate states - we HAD to make it work. Maybe if the world wasn't two faced and applied the same rules there as they had to SA BOTH sides would try harder!

      j4truth - 2011-08-20 20:06

      @fed-up. You are really ignorant and have been suckered by jehad propaganda and lies! The West bank belongs to Israel since 1917 - check out history! Israel must build houses for the returning Jews from the world dispersion (also history)

      Realist72 - 2011-08-20 20:43

      @Fed-Up: As usual, you are towing the party line.... uninformed and baseless. Wake up and smell the crap you're talking...

      DrFranz - 2011-08-20 21:41

      @J4truth: Belonged to Israel since 1917? What are you smoking...pass it on please. It belonged the the UK as the British mandate of Palestine since 1917. Riddle me this....who did this region belong to for the 400 years before then? Want o give back Prusia to the Prusians as well?

      Komasa - 2011-08-21 09:35

      @Fed-Up agree with you totally, and j4truth you perpetrate the same fundamentalist rhetoric as the jehad do on their side. Palestine has been Palestine for thousands of years confine within the same bounderies as the 1948 state of Israel. You are reading selective history.

      Romans8 - 2011-08-21 12:46

      DrFranz - One should ask what are you smoking. Before we ask any man who Israel belongs to, we should ask God Almighty who Israel belongs to.

      meelo - 2011-08-21 14:28

      Messenger you are so wrong you prob read this somewhere and never took the time to confirm its vilidity and copied and pasted it here. Mohammmed did cause miracles you just havnet read them maybe if you took the time. You for forget Jesus said "i can of my ownself do nothing" Mohammed did not have 20 wives lol worong again. Jesus only walked the earth for 2 years and 7 months when he brought his message. And why would he have to die to come back again. Take responsibility for your own actions why must someone pay the price for your actions.

      Messenger - 2011-08-21 15:50

      Meelo, Mohammed did miracles? Okay, then explain the verse Quran 29:50 to me. Mohammed did not have 20 wives? Then how many did he have? You do not understand the meaning of Trinity. Father, Son and Holy Spirit always work in perfect Union. That's why Jesus said: "I can of myself do nothing." Furthermore, you also do not understand the purpose for Jesus' crucifixion. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

      mecan - 2011-08-22 07:48

      Do some research; it will open your eyes and help you realize that you also have been duped by the fifth column and its twisted propaganda machine against Israel. Israel is a wonderful place that strives for peace, however, occupation can only end when the Palestinians renounce terror against Israel and vote to live in peace with Israel - for some unknown reason, their leaders (Hamas) refuse to choose the path of peace. Israel only started building settlement when they realized there is no partner for peace. When Hamas change their charter (which you can read for yourself on Wikopedia) Israel will stop building. But until the Palestinians choose peace – Israel doesn’t have to compromise about anything.

      GrimReaper1 - 2011-08-24 13:12

      why must they apologize,when it is Israel that is encroaching on their land

  • Yakir Kogan - 2011-08-21 00:11

    No matter what, Israel's right .. Everyone should see the facts!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-21 00:43

      Except no matter what, Israel is a Jewish country (basically the only one), and most, if not all of the people who just blindly blather on about "Israeli" atrocities when 95% of them were retributive strikes are the people with a deep ingrained hatred for anything Jewish. It's a stance that has been drilled into western civilization since the dark ages. Plague? Jews poisoned us. Barbarian invasion? Jews sold us out. Economic ineptitude? Jews control the economy and keep us out of the good part. Except the Jews now have finally stopped just taking this attitude in their stride and fight back and this enrages these people who hate jews for no real reason, since they don't have any more easy targets to blame for bad things, and they usually come out as the people who scream the hardest against supposed Israeli "atrocities". Now, i don't agree with all they do, no country can have 100% correct decision rate, but they have a right to defend themselves from aggression, and they've kicked some major aggressive ass all by themselves for well over half a century, which entitles them to some major respect from me.

  • Romans8 - 2011-08-21 12:47

    All the Arab countries should be apologising to Israel!

      GrimReaper1 - 2011-08-24 13:13


  • Romans8 - 2011-08-21 12:49

    If you study the history of the land, the Palestinians were never there, only in very few numbers. The Jews did not steal the land as you and others are so blindly told by the mainstream media. They were given the right to go back to their homeland as a nation and given the right to govern it again by a unanimous vote of the United Nations with Britain abstaining. This all happened in one day as the Prophets foretold. Isa 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. The fact that this all happened in one day is only an act of God Almighty, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was foretold that they would be a nation without a land and scattered among the nations and brought back. Eze 6:8 Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries. It was foretold that God would regather them back. Jer 31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. Why is this going to happen. Is God doing this for Israel, no he is doing it because of His name that through them He will show His glory to the world.

  • Romans8 - 2011-08-21 12:50

    Viva ISRAEL, they have a right to defend themselves, accidents do happen!

  • meelo - 2011-08-21 17:32

    Messenger you no messenger rather the devils advocate.The first of the commandments sais that God is one so how does 1+1+1=1. The bible also sais that no one can bare the burden of another, yet Jesus does. How can he be the son and part of God head (he is own son) gets more confusing and the official expalnation by your scholars is thats its a mystery that cannot be expalned. Mohammed had one wife until 45 when she died he remarried and had a total of nine in his life time at no point more than 4, he married those women for social reasons wich u dont know of. One of the miracles that can be proven today that did take place was the splitting of the moon which the Quraan mentions and scientest have confirmed this.I dare you to look into it but U prob wont

      Poobie-Naicker - 2011-08-21 21:15

      Meelo me tink dat you been smoking da ganja, hey hey hey, Mohamed split da moon. Dat why I tink you been halucinating because of all da poison in your mind!

      meelo - 2011-08-21 23:15

      hey poobie Naicker i didnt come up with that scintistwho have observed the moon, go do the resaerch and then decide and maybe you will ask me that sam ganja im smoking maaaaaaaan.

      Poobie-Naicker - 2011-08-21 23:28

      Hey Meelo when I looked at the moon last, I saw no crack in da moon, perhaps you got a crack in your head!!!

      Risen Ape - 2011-08-22 07:31

      @ melo, Science does not in any way support the hypothesis that the Moon split into two pieces. There are cracks in the crust of the Moon which were formed hundreds of millions of years ago due to geological activity, long before Allah was born. The Moon splitting story is just a myth.

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 07:43

      @ Risen Ape: Meelo might have a point. The moon has to have split at some stage to allow the Man in the Moon to get inside. Obviously!

      Risen Ape - 2011-08-22 08:48

      @ Daaivark Yeah, and now he’s a prisoner on the Moon, condemned to a Parmesan diet for all eternity by the Mighty Mouse overlord of the universe. ;-)

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  • daaivark - 2011-08-22 07:46

    @ Romans8: One would be waitint gor a reply for a very looooong time.

      daaivark - 2011-08-22 07:46

      Sorry: "Waiting for".

  • BrassCopper - 2011-08-22 07:54

    If the Palestinians stop terror and vote to live in peace with Israel, then all these pathetic propaganda will disappear into history... I’m glad most normal people are able to see above all this blind hate towards Israel. If they truly wanted peace, they would have had peace generations ago. However, their hate blinds them, and their religion proclaims them to fight till the end, and their leaders ride the gravy train to Swiss bank accounts on their own people's shoulders…and Israel will continue to defend herself through all this.

  • Garth - 2011-08-22 08:04

    Israel and Palestine are a cancer on this planet. they offer nothing but unholy hatred to the world and have held back humanity for decades. we need to cut the cancer out to save the world.down with the hatred mongers , drive them all from the holy land ,no religion deserves it.

      MosesMabhida - 2011-08-22 08:31

      I agree with you bout Palestine...but as a doctor... I do not agree on Israel & on your topic of cancer - Israel would probably save your life one day; Prozac, Valium, The Polio Vaccine, Radiation, Chemotherapy, the Artificial Kidney Dialysis machine, the Defibrillator, the Cardiac Pacemaker, Vaccination against the deadly “Hepatitis B” virus, the Vaccinating Needle, Laser Technology... and the list goes on... careful what you wish for Garth...

  • gobblewobble - 2011-08-25 22:29

    turns out the egyptian army turned a blind eye at the terrorists, more than likely assisted as they all wore egyptian army uniforms, and more than likely were also killed in the end by the terrorists, yet israel must apologise? what a messed up place the world is - just to appease the blood thirsty egyptian masses who have no where to turn there anger to as their situation has worsened so now they go back to the old age approach of lets blame israel for all our woes.

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