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Egypt and Israel: A troubled peace
What does the future hold for relations between Israel and its biggest Arab neighbour?
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2011 12:48

Friday night saw some of the worst violence in Egypt since Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, was ousted.  

Hundreds of Egyptian protesters broke into the building housing Israel's embassy in Cairo, tearing down metres of concrete wall outside the embassy before clashing with police. Some of the protesters managed to get into the building, taking down the Israeli flag and throwing documents out of the window.

The Israeli ambassador, his family and most of the embassy staff were taken out of the country by an Israeli military aircraft.  

One senior Israeli official in Jerusalem denounced the attack as a great violation of diplomatic norms and a blow to peaceful relations between the two countries.

The Israeli embassy in Cairo has become a point for protests since Israeli troops killed five Egyptian border guards last month as they were chasing Palestinians suspected of deadly attacks in southern Israel.

With three people dead, dozens arrested and about 1,000 injured, what does the future hold for peace between Israel and its biggest Arab neighbour? And how will the Egyptian government deal with increasing anger and frustration among Egyptians?

Joining Inside Story to discuss this are guests: Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for The Independent newspaper; Gideon Levy, an Israeli journalist and commentator; and Omar Ashour, the director of Middle East Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter.

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