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A regional governor in Egypt recently blamed Israel for being behind shark attacks against tourists.Although security ties have been tightened over mutual interests in Sinai and the Gaza Strip, Egyptian popular attitudes toward Israel remain as hostile as ever and the two nation's overt diplomatic ties have deteriorated. This has demonstrated Egypt's increasingly antithetical relationship with Israel. Following the military coup against President Mohammad Morsi in July 2013, Egypt's security ties with Israel were upgraded. Because of the importance that Israel ascribes to its security ties with Egypt, Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, is lobbying Congress to maintain American military aid to Egypt.Egypt's public diplomatic ties with Israel have nearly ceased.Nor has Egypt's Foreign Minister met publicly with his Israeli counterpart in Israel.Egypt's relationship with Israel has long been complex.Pursuing Egypt's close security cooperation with Israel, despite the fact that Israel is reviled among many Egyptians, is risky for Sisi, even as it is quietly comfortable for both countries.
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