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Netanyahu: We threatened to send troops to Cairo

Israeli threats, not Obama’s entreaties, saved embassy staff in Cairo during 2011 crisis.

By David Rosenberg


Speaking at a Foreign Ministry ceremony on the eve of Yom HaZikaron, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed that Israel had threatened Egypt during the 2011 Cairo embassy crisis.

During the event on Tuesday, held to honor the memory of 16 Foreign Service members who were killed in the line of duty overseas, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel was willing to go anywhere and take any action to protect the lives of its servicemen and women.

The Prime Minister noted that during the siege of Israel’s embassy in Cairo in September 2011, the Egyptian government, then controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, initially refused to intervene to save the embassy staff from a lynch mob which had surrounded the facility.

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