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Israel seeks to double trade with Egypt

The visit to Egypt of the Israeli Firqat Alnoor Orchestra reflects a clear trend in the past year and a half of cultural, environmental and economic ties warming up between the two countries.
The Israeli Firkat Alnoor orchestra at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, May 21, 2022.

An Israeli film called “The Band’s Visit” about the journey to Israel of an Egyptian orchestra won praise and many awards in 2007, including three prizes at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. This year, on Israel’s Independence Day, for the first time in 40 years and as a sign of warming relations between the countries, a Jewish-Arab orchestra traveled to Egypt. 

Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt Amira Oron hatched the plan to bring the Firkat Alnoor Orchestra (Orchestra of Light) to Egypt, because of the diverse composition of the band, which presents a repertoire of classical Arab music. The concert played by the orchestra on the occasion of Israel’s Independence Day was received with great enthusiasm.

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