On the banks of the Nile, Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary

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For the first time since storming of its offices back in December 2011, the Israeli Embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo, recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish state.

Angry social media reactions were posted criticizing the presence of Egyptian officials, diplomats and businessmen during the ceremony.

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Israeli Embassy in Cairo chose Ritz Carlton hotel, overlooking Tahrir Square, which has been the heart of political demonstrations in the capital city, which ultimately led to the toppling of the Hosni Mubarak regime.

‘Warming’ relations

These celebrations coincide with the US plan to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14, which also happens to be the Palestinians’ Nakbaa Day. Also the Embassy celebrations come at a time when Israel Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu described “warming” of relations between Egypt and Israel.

Both countries have indeed agreed on a number of issues, among them combatting terrorism in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, strengthening economic relations and what has been described as “the Palestinian Cause” under what is called “Deal of the Century” with the support of the United States.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Premier Ali Abdul Al said that members of the Egyptian Parliement will not attend the event celebrating US Embassy's move to Jerusalem as they do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.