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Egyptian Military Band Plays ‘Hatikvah’ as President Officially Welcomes New Israeli Ambassador (VIDEO)

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New Israeli Ambassador to Egypt David Govrin waits to present his credentials to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo on Wednesday. Photo: Twitter.

New Israeli Ambassador to Egypt David Govrin (far left) waits to present his credentials to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo on Wednesday. Photo: Twitter.

An Egyptian military band played the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah” as the Jewish state’s new ambassador presented his credentials during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Cairo, the Hebrew news site Ynet reported.

According to the report, Ambassador David Govrin, whose appointment was approved in April, arrived in Egypt earlier this summer. But he was officially welcomed on Wednesday by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who also received the credentials of the new ambassadors to Egypt from Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands, Mexico, Myanmar, the United Arab Emirates and Somalia.

“I’m very proud to be appointed to this position in Egypt — the mother of the world, a land of ancient culture and history,” Govrin said, adding that a close Jerusalem-Cairo relationship was vital to achieving peace and stability in the region.

In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel, though the relationship was at times strained over the years. However, Israel-Egypt ties have improved since Sissi took power in 2013, after ousting his predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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With shared regional interests — including the containment of Iran and combating ISIS in the Sinai and Hamas in Gaza — relations between Israel and Egypt have continued to blossom.

In July, as reported by The Algemeiner, Sameh Shoukry became the first Egyptian foreign minister to visit Israel since 2007. During his trip, Shoukry met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, where they reportedly watched a soccer game on television together.

However, as The Algemeiner reported earlier this month, normalization of the relationship with Israel remains a sensitive topic for much of the Egyptian public. This was evident during the Summer Olympics in Rio, when Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby was pressured by fans not to “shame Islam” by competing against Israeli rival Ori Sasson. Then, after he lost the match, El Shehaby refused to shake Sasson’s hand.

Govrin replaced Haim Koren, who served as Israel’s envoy in Cairo for two years.

As reported by The Algemeiner, an Egyptian Parliament member came under fire earlier this year from fellow lawmakers after he hosted Koren at his house for dinner.

Watch Govrin introducing himself to the Egyptian people last month below:

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  • Reform School

    Where is the diplomat-posting ceremony with the anthems?

  • elaina

    He seems like a very cool guy, a true diplomat I think he will make a lot of friends there

  • sidney sands

    The Egyptian people are a Nation, the Palestinians are not a nation, they come from many different parts of the Middle East, they only claim to be a nation, when they could see what the Jewish settlers achieved, and made the desert bloom, then they came to find work, they created nothing, and still create nothing.

    • Absolutely right ! Even a English Christian knows the Bible and the full Jewish authority of all Israel. Do not understand why GB supported any people (after 1948) any part of Palestine, now Israel, who are not fully Jews ! True, i am biased as i am a Bible believing Christian (since i was 17, now mid 70`s) so love the people that Hashem first spoke to and Yeshua who remains a Jew as He also speaks to the world. Todays Palestinians were not historically any part of Israel, indeed were not even `one people`when the Jews entered (returning) their own land !

  • Govrin said, Egypt — the mother of the world. It is truth! It is all about heard true history for trust among men. In Europe 17th century the French philosopher Voltaire said, “Writing words rules the world”. To day words symbols has no meaning at all drown in a designed manipulative world spaces news Medias which did grow with the designed “ letter“ becoming a political tool the attack the collective human brain which in fact human brains are not aware of. In LA university stands “ You no need to know everything”, which means unconsciously “ You no need to know nothing at all” in Helvetica designed letters on one of the wall university walking space, making sure everybody walking reads the mental trap message. Helvetica design name actually means “Hell” – Helvete which has nothing to do with Roman symbols. In 2012 Egypt under M. Morsi Hilary Clinton stands in Cairo looking for black swans in the sky where Obama stands near by her as a child been impressed by his mother looking into the sky. A trap!

  • Michelle

    Algemeiner! Please post the ambassodr’s speech in Englisg so we who unfortunately do t speak Arabic can read, appreciate and enjoy.
    Thank you to the editor.

  • Michelle

    Egyptian President Abdul Farrah el – Sissi is a powerful force in the Middle East. He acknowledges Israel’s right to exist as he knows how important peace between Israel and Egypt is in the region. Smart man!

  • Edna

    When I was a child in Alexandria, we never mentioned Israel by name when we were in public. We called Israel “la-bas” – over there – in French

    I never imagined that in my senior years I would see a photograph of a Mercedes Benz with an Egypt number plate flying the Israeli flag.

    The new Israeli ambassador looks highly intelligent, and is absolutely fluent in Arabic. Congratulstions to him, and I wish him well.

    • Itzik

      Dear Edna, It is so nice to hear warm and kind wards from an Egyptian person about an Israeli Jew. I remember when Saadat visited Jerusalem and I remember his speech and then the terrible news. I hope our countries will live in peace and true friendship.

  • stevenl

    El-Sissi “wisdom” may save the Egyptian people from their dismal fate! Working with IL may be the best thing that will happen to them since the Israelis left for the promised land.

  • Linda

    Hope for understanding, pray for peace.

  • Yaakov

    In a nutshell: “I’m very proud”