A new Egyptian ambassador has arrived in Israel to take up a post that had been vacant during more than four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

The restoration of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Egypt comes ahead of Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip later this year.

Egypt and Jordan, the only Arab countries that have signed peace treaties with Israel, downgraded relations after the September, 2000 outbreak of a Palestinian uprising, protesting what they said was Israel's excessively forceful response.

Following a February eighth Middle East summit in Egypt, where Israel and the Palestinians promised to end the violence between them, Egypt and Jordan said they would again post ambassadors to Israel.

Jordan's ambassador arrived in Tel Aviv on February 20.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.