Egypt’s President Meets Israeli PM In Sharm El-Sheikh
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has visited Egypt on Monday to discuss regional tensions and bilateral relations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Though the details of the meeting were undisclosed, the Egyptian news agencies shared some highlights of the discussion.
el-Sisi affirmed Cairo’s stance on the Arab-Israeli conflict, stressing the importance of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement based on the two-state solution and international resolutions, the government-owned news agency Egypt Today reports.
el-Sisi, moreover, called on the international community to support Egypt’s ongoing efforts in the reconstruction of Gaza and the West Bank.
The meeting was attended by the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Chief of the General Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel as well as Eyal Hulata, the head of Israel’s National Security Council, Israeli premier’s senior aide Shimrit Meir and Israeli ambassador to Cairo Amira Oron.
Bennett succeeded former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, earlier in June. Yet, it’s not the first visit for Bennett to Egypt. According to the Egyptian Streets, Bennett held unofficial meetings with el-Sisi in 2018.
Bennett is a former tech entrepreneur, who made a name in politics with hardline right-wing rhetoric. Though Bennett and Netanyahu share the same ideology, the two have become increasingly opposed in the last two years.
It’s worth mentioning that Bennett is vocal about his anti- Palestine and even anti-Arab stances. He supports the settlements, believes that the Palestinians have no rights in the West Bank, and opposes the two-state solution.
In 2014, Bennett attacked Netanyahu for a proposed peace deal that aimed to leave Jewish settlers under Palestinian rule in the West Bank.
“Do you know why, why Jews cannot live under Palestinian rule, why Palestinians can’t rule over Jews? Because they will kill them,” Bennett said at a conference in Tel Aviv.
Months ago, el-Sisi was hailed by the American President Joe Biden for his efforts to halt the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the Hamas-Israel ceasefire. The visit of Bennett to Egypt further proves that Cairo seeks to restore its role as a regional mediator.