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article imageEgypt's Sisi: I may not host Netanyahu if concessions aren't made

By Paul Iddon     May 7, 2014 in Politics
Egypt's ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has implied he may not receive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if concessions to the Palestinians aren't made.
Times of Israel quotes Sisi saying in a television interview, "Let them [the Israelis] just make us happy by giving something for the Palestinians."
Even though the present Egyptian government is engaged in a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula Sisi has urged the Egyptians not to "let the situation and feelings against Hamas affect your historic position on the Palestinian cause."
The Egyptian military maintains the upkeep of the blockade on Gaza which was initially imposed after Hamas seized power there. Now that the Hamas and the Fatah are in a unity government the Israelis have expressed doubts that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is serious about peace talks since he has entered into a unity government and is to share power with a terrorist organization.
Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, is also banned in Egypt and has in the past even been accused by the present Egyptian authorities of having broken many Muslim Brotherhood compatriots out of prison – including former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi – throughout the course of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which saw to the end of the 29-year long rule of Hosni Mubarak.
The Jerusalem Post tells us that Sisi has said he will continue to uphold the peace deal signed between Israel and Egypt at Camp David in 1978 – Egypt was of course the first ever Arab country to make peace with Israel.
Sisi even hinted that he might visit Israel provided that there is tangible progress on the Palestine question. Which he wants to see solved through the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Given Saudi Arabia's strong support of the military following its ousting of Mr. Morsi last July Sisi has implied that will be the first country he will visit if he is elected president later next month. Which he most likely will be.
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