NAZARETH,(PIC)– The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that no one in Egypt is willing to rent offices to house the embassy since its staff were forced to evacuate in September 2011 following the attack on the embassy’s building in Cairo’s Giza District.
The Ministry said in a statement, on Wednesday, that the Israeli Embassy in Cairo continues to be homeless, “those who agree [to rent space to the embassy] are asking for an amount of money with which you can rent an entire neighborhood,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The Egyptian security expert further said that “the current crisis derives from the fact that every time the Israeli embassy finds a new embassy building, the owners’ then refuse to sell or rent the property after finding out who the buyer is,” especially with the popular escalating calls to close the Israeli embassy forever and to cancel the Egyptian-Israeli Camp David accord.
Other sources at the Israeli Foreign Ministry have said that “the search for a new embassy facility is ongoing and they have yet to find a place that meets the financial and security criteria.”
In the same context, the Ministry confirmed that the Israeli Ambassador Yaakov Amitai still works in Cairo in a hotel room, but leaves Egypt on weekends.
In September of last year, following the “accidental” killing of six Egyptian police officers near the border by Israeli forces, a mob of angry Egyptian protesters attacked the embassy trapping six security guards inside and prompting the emergency evacuation of all but one member of Israel’s diplomatic staff in the country.
(www.palestine-info.co.uk / 20.06.2012)