- The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2007

We thought the Egyptian-Israeli war was over, but the conflict is back on the scene. It is a new kind of war: one of images and words.

It all started with an Israeli documentary, “Spirit of Shaked,” about the 1967 war, in which 250 Egyptian PWO were executed by an Israeli unit, according to the Egyptian press. Needless to say, the news created an uproar of protests for Egypt to cut ties with Israel.

The Israeli film director responded by admitting mistakes in identifying Palestinian fighters as Egyptians. And the Jerusalem Post was told “that the photos in fact came from a separate incident in the Sinai,” reported the Middle East Times. A big mistake, and it still does not give a satisfying explanation.

The Egyptian foreign minister called on the Egyptians and the government to prepare charges, filed either in an Egyptian or international court, wrote the Daily Star Egypt.

But after Egypt called for the investigation, an Israeli TV station accused Cairo of similar atrocities during the 1973 war. It showed images of Israeli soldiers shot to death, reported the Daily Star Egypt.

Egyptian analysts questioned the timing of the new footage and claimed it was fabricated.

If this drama shows us anything, it’s how fragile the mutual ties are and that people from both camps did not turn the page. So stay tuned…

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