Russian Photographer Apologizes For Illegally Climbing Pyramids And Taking Amazing Photos

Russian Photographer Apologizes For Illegally Climbing Pyramids And Taking Amazing PhotosAn Internet sensation was touched off this week by Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov and a group of his friends — the group ignored regulations prohibiting the public from climbing on the Pyramids at Giza, Egypt, and came away with spectacular photos.

‘Childhood dream come alive’

The photos have incited reactions ranging from envy and awe to indignation and concern for the preservation of the ancient wonders. In an email to CNN, Makhorov now explains his reasons for flouting the regulations, and issues an apology to Egypt and the world.

“I’ve always been drawn to Egypt. For as long as I can remember my dream was to get to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza… No words can express the fascination I felt when seeing my childhood dream come alive. Probably this very feeling made us climb onto the top of the Pyramid and see the the panorama of the whole complex, the desert and Cairo itself.


‘Magnificent panorama’

“It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could. You have to be quite strong and agile to climb onto a meter-high block covered with dust… What we saw from up there was the seventh wonder of the world. We tried to capture the beauty of the scenery in the photos, so that the others could also see this magnificent panorama…

“That’s why I would like to apologize for this ascension. We didn’t want to insult anyone. We were just following the dream.”

What is your opinion about illegally climbing the Egyptian pyramids — is it a crime worthy of punishment or an act of curiosity worthy or awe? And what do you think about the photos they snapped?

Source: Frances Cha, CNN

Image: Architizer

Netanyahu: Israel Ready To Escalate Gaza Strikes

Netanyahu Israel Ready To Escalate Gaza StrikesIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while affirming his support for diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza, underscored that Israel would take “whatever actions” are necessary to defend itself.

‘Durable outcome’

Netanyahu made a brief statement beside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had flown to the Mideast on Tuesday to help advance diplomatic talks intended to avert an escalation of the weeklong conflict with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Clinton said the United States is pushing for a “durable outcome” promoting stability, but the cease-fire talks brokered by Egypt had failed to yield a truce as of late Tuesday, with Hamas reportedly saying an agreement won’t come any earlier than Wednesday.

Efforts to end a week-old convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence drew in the world’s top diplomats on Tuesday, with President Obama dispatching Clinton to the region on an emergency mission and the U.N. chief appealing from Cairo for an immediate cease-fire.


‘Harsh punishment’

Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have staked tough, hard-to-bridge positions, and the gaps keep alive the threat of an Israeli ground invasion. On Tuesday, grieving Gazans were burying militants and civilians killed in ongoing Israeli airstrikes, and barrages of rockets from Gaza sent terrified Israelis scurrying to take cover.

Meanwhile, Israel reported its first military causality in the conflict after a rocket strike.  Reuters reported that Palestinian gunmen rode motorcycles and dragged the body of a man suspected of working for Israel. There is broad consensus among Palestinians that informers for Israel deserve harsh punishment, and it is rare to hear someone speak out against killings of alleged collaborators.

Do you think the U.S. will be able to come up with a “durable outcome” between Israel and Gaza? Tell us what you think of this long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict!

Source: Fox News

Image: Reuters