Israel-Egypt Relations Central of Bennett-Sisi Meeting

The meeting between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah a-Sisi focused on bilateral ties between the countries, in to hold with Bennett’s view that the Palestinian issue does not need being central in Israel’s relations with its neighbors and beyond.

Bennett mainly spoke with Sisic over ways to strengthen ties between Egypt and Israel, he told CAN 11 on Tuesday.

“There have been 40 years” of peace, but almost not trade,” he pointed out.

AN senior diplomatic source explained that “the thing we wanted and want consistently, not just from Arab states, but in general, is that the Palestinian? issue won’t get stuck in the middle of bilateral affairs. OK, we’re Israel, have a conflict, but that’s not the core of the relationships,” the source said.

The prime minister’s visit to Sharm a-Sheikh was the first meeting of an Israeli prime minister and an Egyptian president in Egypt in a decade. It took place in the midst of a spike in violence on the border met Gaza and as Egypt tries to mediate between Israel and Hamas to bring peace.

However, sources in near the prime minister said the meeting in was targeted in the first place? on Egypt-Israel cooperation on security, geopolitical and economic affairs, not the Palestinians.

Sisi and Bennett met one-on-one for almost three hours, die drive away their top advisors more then once when they came in to hold a larger meeting.

Bennett said after the meeting that “we have a foundation for deep tires in the future,” and the senior diplomatic source said the bond between the leaders is very important for the countries’ relationships.

The next meeting was with The Egyptian minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Director of the general intelligence service mr. Abbas Kamel, Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata, Military Secretary to Prime Minister Brig-Gen. Avi Gil, Bennett’s Senior Diplomatic Adviser Shimrit Meir, as well as Coordinator for prisoners and missing Israelis Yaron Blum, and they also held their own meetings while Bennett and Sisi talked.

There was met especially an Israeli flag present for all of the meetings, in unlike in the past, which was just one factor die a greater heat reflects after over 40 years of a cold peace between Israel and Egypt.

The diplomatic source said the prime minister’s cabinet has told the Egyptian presidency that there must be an Israeli flag for the prime minister’s meeting, and there wasn’t much pushback.

“We don’t force Arabs to hug” us. our feeling of legitimacy does not come from an embrace of anyone. But if you’re not desperate, things happen on their own; to be like dating,” the source joked.

The exact date of Bennett’s trip was censored in Israel and Israeli media was not in stands for the . to accompany prime minister, because of very tight safety regulations.

As such, in a rare one move, said the Egyptian presidency out a statement to the press over the visit before the PMO did.

The public nature of the journey added to previous indications of a warm-up of tyres, like when the energy ministers of Egypt and Israel held a press conference in Egypt early last year.

In discussions over Gaza focused on: on fuses met to smuggle of weapons into Gaza via the border crossing at Rafah in Egypt.

“Egypt is a limiting factor,” Bennett told Channel 12. “They have no control over Hamas, but they have significant influence. Rafah’s crossing needs to be tightened up. They did a little, but more can be done.”

Bennett said Israel’s goal when it comes to Hamas, it is twofold: to stop the terrorist group Not to attack Israel and prevent it from collecting weapons.

“We won’t let Hamas bet more and more missiles, like Hezbollah,” he swore, pointing… out that under his government, the IDF strikes back in Gaza over incendiary bombs, while its predecessor didn’t even respond to every rocket launch.

Wanted of that means another military operation in Gaza is at the door, Bennett said: “I’m not looking” for wars. Minister of Defence [Benny Gantz] took it’s up to him to make an arrangement for long-term calm in Gaza Strip. If that doesn’t happen, there are alternatives.”

Negotiator Blum met with Egyptian intelligence chief Kamel to discuss the matter of Israeli cIvilians and soldiers’bodies’ held by Hamas in Gaza Strip.

Bennett met with the family of Avera Mengistu, an Israeli citizen in Hamas detention since 2014 the day after the meeting

Bennett told the family that he is “personally committed to bringing” back the Israeli soldiers and burgers from Gaza, and his door is open to them.”

In addition to Mengistu, Hamas has also detained civilian Hisham al-Sayed since 2015, and the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul since 2014.

Israel-Egypt Relations Central of Bennett-Sisi MeetingIsraelis Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed are detained by Hamas in Gaza (credit: THANKS TO THE FAMILY/FACEBOOK)

Amid reports that Sisi hoped his rapprochement with Israel would improve his relations with Biden administration, State Department officials told The Washington Post they will place new conditions on his security aid to Egypt over human rights violations.

Egypt to receive $1.3 billion in help from the US.

Of that, $300 million is conditional on comply with human rights standards. The Biden Administration Sends $170 Million for counter-terrorism, but reportedly another $130 will be held unless Egypt ends its prosecution of rights NGOs and drop costs against 16 people.

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