Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office on May 8, 2016. / AFP / POOL / RONEN ZVULUN
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday backtracked from remarks in which he said he had threatened to send commandos to Cairo in 2011 to rescue Israeli security staff besieged by demonstrators who had stormed Israel's embassy.Netanyahu clarified Israel had not intended to mount an operation on its own, but only in coordination with Egyptian authorities.Demonstrators stormed the embassy, in the heart of Cairo, on Sept. 9, 2011, in protest at the killing of five Egyptian security guards by Israeli soldiers pursuing Islamist militants who had ambushed and killed eight Israelis along the border.
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