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  8/22/2011, Av 22, 5771

US Effort to Lower Egypt-Israel Tension


Jeffrey Feltman, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the United States, flew to Cairo on Sunday to try to reduce tensions between Egypt and Israel in the week of last week's deaths of five Egyptian soldiers from Israeli fire, according to the Palestinian Authority's Quds-net website. Feltman is scheduled to talk to senior Egyptian officials about the emotional mood on the street, which has been manifest in demonstrations by thousands in front of the Israeli embassy, accompanied by the lowering and burning of the flag from the embassy building.

A senior Israeli delegation is also in Cairo to discuss ways to get out of the crisis. Egypt has welcomed Israel's regret over the incident but says it is not enough. At the same time, it stressed Egypt's commitment to the Camp David peace accords.