JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel reopened its embassy in Cairo, four years after it closed during an attack by hundreds of anti-Israel rioters.
The embassy reopened with a ceremony on Wednesday, attended by Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold and Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt Haim Koren. No Egyptian ministers or senior foreign ministry officials attended the ceremony, Haaretz reported.
Israel named a new ambassador to Egypt in September 2014. The Israeli Embassy was closed in September 2011 after rioting anti-Israel protesters broke down the 8-foot-high security wall surrounding the embassy compound and entered the building. Embassy employees had to be evacuated for their safety.
Since then, diplomats had been working in other locations, including the ambassador’s residence, where appropriate security is in place.