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article imageIsrael committed to upholding the peace with Egypt

By Paul Iddon     Jun 6, 2014 in Politics
As President Shimon Peres is set to end his term as President of Israel in a few days one of the last things he has done was reassure the new Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that Israel is committed to continued peace and cooperation with Cairo.
The Jerusalem Post quotes Peres telling the el-Sisi that, "Israel is committed to maintaining the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and to strengthening cooperation in all fields."
He also wished Sisi and the Egyptian people a prosperous future. Peres' office said that "President Sisi thanked President Peres for his warm words."
The office of the Prime Minister of Israel informs us that, "Prime Minister Netanyahu noted to the Egyptian president-elect the strategic importance of ties between the countries and in sustaining the peace accords between them."
As Reuters point out neither Peres or the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ever spoke to the previous Egyptian President the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is an offshoot of Morsi's organization. Sisi led the toppling of that government last July and Egypt subsequently banned the Muslim Brotherhood and declared it to be a terrorist organization.
Warm words aside it is not yet clear if the Israelis will be invited to see Sisi's presidential inauguration. Furthermore no Israeli ambassador has been invited to Egypt as of writing.
Before being elected president Sisi implied he might not host Mr. Netanyahu if solid steps toward the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel are taken. Even though he dislikes Hamas and his country has helped blockade the Gaza Strip and destroy tunnels connecting it with the Sinai he has also told Hamas to pursue with good faith the Palestinian unity agreement with Fatah reached April 23 last. This will see Hamas being integrated into a broader Palestinian national government and likely will see to restrictions on the Egyptian side of the Gaza frontier gradually eased.
Egypt was the first country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 following the Camp David Accords negotiated the year before which saw Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign a treaty which saw to the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula being demilitarized. The peace has been held ever since.
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