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Newsline: Netanyahu threatened raid to rescue Israelis in Cairo embassy in 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he threatened to send Israeli commandos into Cairo in 2011 to rescue a number of Israeli security staff besieged by demonstrators who had stormed the mission. Netanyahu’s remarks, at a ceremony in Israel’s Foreign Ministry to mark the country’s annual memorial day, added a new twist to the incident. It ended with the rescue of the six guards by Egyptian forces after President Barack Obama and other top US officials intervened at Israel’s behest.



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