Egypt considering downgrading diplomatic relations with Israel, report says

YnetNews.com reports: “Egypt is considering downgrading its diplomatic relations with Israel, including potentially recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing Egyptian sources.

This consideration follows Egypt’s announcement that it would join an application filed by South Africa in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague and its decision not to cooperate with Israel in reopening the Rafah border crossing, which has been seized by the IDF.

Sources told the newspaper that Israel informed Cairo just hours before initiating a limited operation to take control of the passage between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. However, this notification came after months of negotiations between the parties regarding the planned attack on Rafah.

The report said that Israel had assured Cairo that the Rafah crossing would not be affected and that Palestinians would be notified weeks in advance to evacuate the area.

The report added that while Egypt is contemplating the return of its ambassador, there is no intention to sever relations with Israel…”

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