EGYPT VOTES FOR ISRAEL FOR FIRST TIME
FOR THE first time since Israel’s establishment in 1948, Egypt voted in favour of the Jewish state at the United Nations earlier this month. The vote came during elections for membership of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Affairs. The Egyptian vote triggered angry criticism from Arab social media users, with some even creating the hashtag “Egypt votes for Israel” to criticise the move. Egyptian officials scrambled to clarify that they had only voted for Israel in order to enable the election of several Arab states as well.