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Bennett and Sisi discuss Hamas and Iranian threats

CM 13/09/2021


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Disarming Hamas, the return of the hostages and halting Iranian aggression were high on the agenda when Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday.
“It was a very important and good meeting,” Bennett said before his return to Israel from the first Israeli Prime Ministerial visit to Egypt in a decade.  
It is unusual for such meetings to be public and to include the dual display of the Israeli and Egyptian flags. 

In a continued show of normality, Sisi’s office announced Bennett’s visit to the Red Sea resort on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, rather than leaving Israel to publicize the event. Egypt also hoisted an Israeli flag next to its own outside the meeting venue.
The Bennett-Simi parley took place amid violent outbreaks along the Gaza borders and a spike in terror attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem, in which two Israelis were injured near the Central Bus station.
Since the end of the 11-day IDF-Hamas war in May, known as Operation Guardian of the Walls, Sisi has attempted to broker a long-term truce. Those efforts appeared this week to be faltering as Palestinians in Gaza have launched rockets against southern Israel, that have not caused injuries.
Israel wants to ensure that any deal includes the return of the remains of two soldiers killed in the 2014 Gaza war and the return of two Israeli civilians held hostage in the Hamas ruled enclave.
According to a diplomatic source, Bennett and Sisi discussed the return of the hostages and the importance of preventing another Gaza outbreak.
They also spoke of ways to weaken the militant group Hamas. This would include better Egyptian supervision at the border crossing with Gaza in Rafah, to prevent the flow of material that can be used for military purposes.
With an eye toward the region, the two men spoke of ways to prevent a nuclear Iran and the need to halt its regional aggression.
They also spoke of Turkey’s activity in Libya and the crisis between Egypt and Ethiopia.
In addition, Bennett and Sisi spoke of explaining bilateral trade and tourism.
“We discussed a series of issues in the diplomatic, security and economic spheres, as well as ways to deepen ties and strengthen the interests of our countries,” Bennett said.
He thanked Sisi for the important role Egypt plan in the region and spoke of the 1979 peace treaty between Cairo and Jerusalem.
“Israel is increasingly opening up to the countries of the region, and the basis of this longstanding recognition is the peace between Israel and Egypt,” Bennett said. “Therefore, on both sides we must invest in strengthening this link, and we have done so today,” he added.
“During the meeting, first and foremost, we created a foundation for deep ties in the future,” he said.

 The Egypt-Israel meeting, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on September 13, 2021. (credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO) The Egypt-Israel meeting, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on September 13, 2021. (credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

Sisi’s office said they also spoke about ways to revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, which has been frozen since 2014.
The trip appeared to give transport links between the two countries a boost.
The Taba crossing between Israel and Sinai, an entry point for Israeli tourists, would become fully operational from Monday as restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic were lifted, Israel’s transport ministry said.
From October, Egyptair would begin operating several flights a week between Cairo and Tel Aviv, sources at the Egyptian national carrier said.
Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 but relations have remained cool, restricted to security cooperation and limited economic links.
Egypt’s brokering of the Gaza truce allowed it to reassert its diplomatic role in the region in the wake of deals by four Arab states to normalize ties with Israel last year.
The last official visit by an Israeli prime minister to Egypt was when Benjamin Netanyahu met former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in January 2011 in Sharm el-Sheikh, just before the uprising that toppled Mubarak.
Reuters contributed to this report

Source: Jerusalem Post

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