Israeli prime minister visits Egypt in first official journey for a decade


Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was assembly Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral points, Egypt’s presidency stated, within the first official journey by an Israeli head of presidency to Egypt for a decade.

Bennett, the pinnacle of a far-right occasion who took workplace in June, was invited to go to by Sisi final month and the 2 had been on account of meet within the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

The discussions had been anticipated to deal with “ways and efforts to revive the peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians, Egypt’s presidency stated in an announcement, in addition to bilateral and regional issues.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and analysts say there may be little prospect of reviving them. Bennett, a nationalist atop a cross-partisan coalition, opposes Palestinian statehood.

One focus of Monday’s talks would be the scenario within the Gaza Strip, the place Egypt helped dealer a ceasefire after 11 days of battle in May between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the enclave, diplomatic and safety sources stated.

An uptick in cross-border violence since late August has examined the delicate truce. Over the previous week, Palestinian militants have fired rockets into Israel for 3 nights in a row, drawing Israeli air strikes.

Border crossing

Bennett and Sisi had been additionally anticipated to debate regional points, together with Iran’s affect within the Middle East and the disaster in Lebanon, diplomats stated.

The journey appeared to present transport hyperlinks between the 2 international locations a lift.

The Taba crossing between Israel and Sinai, an entry level for Israeli vacationers, would turn into totally operational from Monday as restrictions put in place through the coronavirus pandemic had been lifted, Israel’s transport ministry stated.

From October, Egyptair would start working a number of flights per week between Cairo and Tel Aviv, sources on the Egyptian nationwide provider stated.

Egypt turned the primary Arab nation to signal a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 however relations have remained cool, restricted to safety cooperation and restricted financial hyperlinks.

Egypt’s brokering of the Gaza truce allowed it to reassert its diplomatic position within the area within the wake of offers by 4 Arab states to normalise ties with Israel final yr.

The final official go to by an Israeli prime minister to Egypt was when Benjamin Netanyahu met former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in January 2011 in Sharm el-Sheikh, simply earlier than the rebellion that toppled Mubarak.

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