Israel Recalled Egypt Ambassador Over Security Concerns

Ambassador David Govrin has reportedly been carrying out his work from Jerusalem for weeks, Shin Bet says return to Cairo has been curbed.

Soldiers outside the State Council courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, January 16, 2017.
Soldiers outside the State Council courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, January 16, 2017. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

The staff of Israel's embassy to Cairo has been recalled over security concerns. The Shin Bet security service said Tuesday that the ambassador, who has reportedly been working from Jerusalem over the past weeks, will not be returning to Egypt soon.

"Due to security considerations, the return of the Foreign Ministry's embassy team to Cairo has been curbed," the Shin Bet said.

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt David Govrin.
Foreign Ministry

Earlier on Tuesday, the Telegraph quoted Israeli officials as saying that Ambassador David Govrin was pulled out of the country weeks ago over security concerns, and was carrying out his work from Jerusalem.

Govrin was appointed to the post last year, after having served in a series of positions throughout the Middle East over the years.

The Israeli embassy in Egypt reopened in Cairo in 2015, four years after being closed by a mob attack.

On September 9, 2011, during a protest involving thousands of people near the Israeli embassy in Cairo, demonstrators broke through the Egyptian security contingent surrounding the diplomatic mission and entered the building where the embassy was located. Most of the embassy staff was not there, but the protesters tried to get inside the central section where six Israeli security guards were located.