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Yitzhak Levanon, the outgoing ambassador to Egypt, flew to Cairo Monday for a
36-hour visit for the first time since the embassy staff was evacuated in
September after it was ransacked by an angry mob and its six security guards
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Levanon asked and received permission from the Foreign
Ministry to make the trip to take formal leave of colleagues and contacts in the
Egyptian government and the Cairo-based diplomatic corps.
Ministry officials said that Israel was still looking for a new, safe location
for its embassy. In the meantime, one Israeli diplomat is representing Israel’s
interests from an undisclosed location in Cairo. This diplomat travels back to
Israel on the weekends.
Levanon will be replaced by Yaakov Amitai, who is
expected to present his credentials next month to the Egyptian
He too is expected to travel to and from Cairo, until new
embassy premises are found. No date has been given for Israel re-opening the
Levanon was whisked out of Egypt two months ago with 80 other
diplomats, businessmen and their families after a mob attacked the embassy. Six
security guards, locked behind a thick metal door inside the embassy on a Friday
night, were extricated by Egyptian commandos after the US intervened and
demanded that Cairo take action.