Israel to Apologize over Egypt Police Deaths


Israeli soldiers are seen near the Israeli-Egyptian border

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel is to apologize to Cairo over the deaths of six Egyptian policeman, according to an announcement which coincided with news of an Egyptian-brokered deal for the release of Gilad Shalit.

The apology was expected to be formally extended on Wednesday.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel and Egypt had concluded a joint inquiry into the deaths of six Egyptians killed by Israeli fire on August 18.

The deaths, which raised tensions between Israel and Cairo, occurred as Israeli troops chased a number of gunmen responsible for carrying out a series of shooting attacks which killed eight Israelis.

In his statement, Barak said Israel was willing to issue an apology over the deaths.

“Based on the findings of the investigation, Barak decided to apologize to the Egyptians over the death of every Egyptian policeman in the line of duty as the result of Israeli fire,” it said.

The defense ministry announcement came at exactly the same time as news broke over the landmark deal to secure Shalit’s release in exchange for freeing 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

Both Israel and Hamas praised Egypt for its efforts to mediate the deal, which came more than five years after Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid by Gaza-based militants.

The Egyptian state news agency MENA said Egyptian intelligence chief Murad Muwafi was a key player in helping seal the deal between Israel and Hamas.

“General Murad Muwafi succeeded in concluding the deal,” the agency said. “His discussions with the Israeli side were done over the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Egypt’s cabinet also praised the deal in a posting on its Facebook page.

“Egypt succeeded in realizing a historic deal on the exchange of prisoners between Hamas and Israel,” the post said.

Ties between Egypt and Israel, which have been bound by a peace treaty since 1979, have entered a period of turbulence since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak by a popular uprising in February.

Relations worsened after Egyptian protesters stormed Israel’s embassy in Cairo in September, prompting an evacuation of staff.

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4 thoughts on “Israel to Apologize over Egypt Police Deaths

  1. Israel can apologise over this action but cannot show any remorse for over 60 years of mayhem, murder, ethnic cleansing and apartheid.

    One can only assume that if they do apologise there will be some devious reason, to their benefit.

    Watch your back Egypt. No one can trust Israel or any Israeli.They are past redemption.

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  2. Agree. This sounds like a quid pro quo for the release of the PW Shalit, but there may be something more to it…further aggravation of the Turks, whose eight (plus one American) humanitarian activists were murdered by pirate Israel on the high seas, May 31, 2010 (Mavi Marmara, Gaza Freedom Flotilla)? It appears that the Zionist state will never apologize for that atrocity….

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  3. One can only try to imagine what has Israel actually APOLOGIZING to anyone for anything! My guess is that on some level the unbalance in the ME has them doing whatever they can to invest in their international image which is, as we know, tarnished beyond repair. It may or may not be tied in with the Shalit deal, who knows.

    But it means very little to apologize for a “small” thing when you continue with the genocide and slow death of whole peoples and sabre rattle and promote wars everywhere else on the globe.

    “Hey, folks! We ain’t all that bad! We apologized to Egypt! We traded Galit for those infidel Palestinians. Honest! We are good world citizens!”

    “Pssst, set Iran up for a fall again! And increase the pressure on Syria while you are at it!” Dang I thought the mike was off……

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  4. I absolutely agree with all of you! Think how Turkey views this “apology.” Now that Israel has apologized for murdering six Egyptian policemen, it’s time for them to apologize for everything else they’ve done since 1948 to destabilize, manipulate, exacerbate, torture, maim and kill people throughout the Middle East, and to begin to make amends however they can, but especially to the Palestinians for what they have done to them IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY during that time! While they’re at it, they could apologize for their role in 9-11, which prompted the U.S. to engage in illegal aggressive war, in turn causing the deaths of millions of innocent people in the Middle East and beyond. Will the Israelis do that? Naaah! But don’t worry, Israel. More and more U.S. military officers and enlisted men, who Henry Kissinger called “…animals, only fit to carry out foreign policy,” are becoming aware of the Israeli role in 9-11. Who knows? There may come a day when the ignorant goy U.S. military suddenly turns on you. All I can say is, “Watch your back!”

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