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Tel Aviv: Jumping into the unknown

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Since political matters, especially relations between countries, are not coincidental, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s keenness on participating in the celebration held by the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv of the July 1952 Revolution, carries many messages not only to the Egyptians, but to the Arab region in general. Unfortunately, matters in the area have quickly developed into completing the step of Arab normalisation with Israel. While this is not the first time Israeli officials attend the celebration, as they participated at the 2016 celebration, which was the first celebration held by the embassy since 2009, a deliberate violation of protocol, it is, by all standards, the most important. Perhaps the first message is to Gamal Abdel Nasser himself, whose revolution gained legitimacy because its primary goals were to fight colonialism. I genuinely believe that most pessimists, including Abdel Nasser himself, did not think the day would come when he’d see an Egyptian embassy in Israel, after all of the pure blood of thousands of Egyptians was shed in the wars with Israel in 1956, 1967, and after his........

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